John Isner is a little behind in the U.S. Open

Iga Swiatek reaches first US Open final, will face fifth seed Ons Jabeur

Swiatek becomes the first foreign player to reach a major final in 12 months

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The wait for Andy Roddick, Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray to defend their titles of the U.S. Open has been as daunting as the players’ early-season losses to some of the world’s best players.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The wait for Andy Roddick, Juan Martin del Potro and Andy Murray to defend their titles of the U.S. Open has been as daunting as the players’ early-season losses to some of the world’s best players.

Instead, the wait will be short for John Isner, who will play his first tournament since finishing second in the Australian Open.

Swiatek becomes the first foreign player to reach a major final in 12 months, with the fifth seed winning his first Grand Slam since 2003.

Swiatek made it a pair of wins in his first two Slams at Wimbledon to reach the second Grand Slam of the year. He will face the No. 5 seed on Sunday in the final match of what promises to be one of the more compelling four-man battles.

Isner, however, knows he’s got a tough draw and is trying to go out with a bang, a sign that he’s not fully recovered from foot surgery — an ankle problem in late August forced him to withdraw from Wimbledon.

“I tried to come back really quickly after my last surgery so I’m not a hundred percent yet,” Isner said. “I had a good, strong start at Cincinnati. I did well in the second round…. I feel really good now.”

The sixth-seeded Isner has won the title of best in the American hardcourts in the past two years and has won at both Cincinnati and Washington.

“I feel like I would like to play more tournaments, but hopefully I will have a good second week here at the U.S. Open, and then I will focus more on the tournament on the final weekend,” he said. “I’m trying to learn to serve better. I feel like I got my serve to

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