John Isner Retires From Cincinnati Masters With Ankle Injury
Isner, who is best known for his 11-hour, five-minute marathon match at Wimbledon that spanned three days against Nicolas Mahut, believes he will be able to play in the U.S. Open. He reportedly will have his ankle scanned Wednesday night.
The injury occurred on the first point during the ninth game, while Isner was up 5-3 in the first set.
"Upon landing, my right foot just twisted really quick on the outside," Isner said. "That was it. I couldn't play after that.''
Isner then took an injury timeout, but returned to try and play through the pain.
Nalbandian held serve to go up 5-4, but pain forced Isner to call for a trainer again during the changeover. The American went back out to test the ankle, but to no avail. He foot-faulted on his first serve back, lost two points, and then retired from the match.
The injury looked similar to the rolled ankle he suffered in Los Angeles last season. When asked about the injury, Isner responded, "It's tough to say. I feel like I did last year in L.A., and I came back pretty quick. I don't think the U.S. Open is in doubt. I didn't sprain it. I rolled it pretty good. But in 10 days' time, I'll be fine.''
Since his marathon at Wimbledon, Isner advanced to the final at Atlanta in late July, but lost there to Mardy Fish. He then lost during his second match at Legg Mason two weeks ago and took last week off to rest his shoulder during the Toronto Masters.