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John Isner remains standing tall as other Americans fall at Indian Wells

John Isner remains standing tall as other Americans fall at Indian Wells

American men went one for four in third-round matches Tuesday at the BNP Paribas Open, and unfortunately, that wasn't a surprise.

The future cannot come fast enough for American men's tennis, which has a legion of promising kids knocking at the door — think Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe — but must wait while they become muscular and experienced enough to knock that door down and seize spots in the top 10 or 20. No American man has won a Grand Slam since Andy Roddick triumphed at the U.S. Open in 2003, and that streak seems unlikely to end any time soon.

The U.S. flag was carried at Indian Wells on Tuesday by John Isner, who's seeded ninth and ranked 11th in the...

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