Originally Posted by uncooling
wait.. didn't you say Isner doesn't need to do well in small events and it doesn't drive him to do well? I thought he won at least 3 majors when you said that, but only one quaterfinal which came from his home country? What was his results in Roland Garros, a clay event where he beat Federer and claimed he plays his best tennis at. What about Wimbledon?? He's not different from Karlovic.
As for your points on small events, he DOES need to do well in small events, but his talent doesn't allow him to do so.. that sucks, because he only has 1-2 year left in his career to show something..
If he can't win matches in ATP 250 events for 4 consecutive times, he can't do well in 1000 events or GS. It's as simple as that!
It is all about career progression Isner has had way better results in Masters than a journeyman like Karlovic! But let's not forget that John played college tennis so really his wheels are fresher than most 27 year olds and has time to take his game to the next level!
I agree that so far John has not lived up to his undoubted talent in the slams that is why it is important in the smaller events like 250s etc where he has more than proven himself throughout his career to look at the big picture and think about peaking for the majors. That is what it is all about now for John at this stage of his career.