What a week I’ve had! It feels good winning the doubles and making my first quarter in a Masters in singles. I played nine matches this week in one tournament. In two weeks, I played 16 matches between Beijing and here. I’ve got a lot of tennis. But I like playing over here in China.
I feel like I usually play well. Conditions are good. Fans are great. I can definitely use this momentum going into the last three weeks of the year.
A fun week of doubles with John Isner just capped it off. It’s always fun playing with a good friend. John is probably my best friend on tour. We just had a lot of fun. Laughed a lot. Kept it light out there. I think that’s why we played pretty well. I think this momentum will carry us on to hopefully making London the end of this year and continue to play for the next six, seven years consistently.
Joking aside, obviously to play with him makes my job easier when he can serve matches and my job at the net is more fun that way. We’ve played together twice before but had never even won a match before this week. But in doubles, it happens pretty quick. In the second round here we lost the first set 6-1 real quick and were able to turn it around. But it’s easy playing with John. He serves big and if we catch a couple good returns, it can swing our way.
Our win this week doesn’t change what I said at the US Open about not playing doubles in Slams, though. It’s different when you’re playing two out of three and conditions aren’t as extreme as in the Slams.
As long as I’m competing in singles in Slams, I definitely won’t be playing doubles. It’s too much tennis when you’re trying to make big pushes in the singles draw. So I guess that’s the end of Popsock (my Wimbledon-winning partnership with Vasek Pospisil), at least at the Slams. Outside of that, if the schedule fits then I’m definitely open to play. But for now, I guess it’s “Sizner”!
(“We’re an item now!” John Isner yells in the background…)
For me, I feel like my tennis has improved a lot in the last six months to a year. I’m more consistent in what I’m doing. I’ve made drastic improvement in the fitness stuff and the mental side of it. I need to go out there and stay level-headed and find solutions instead of letting little things get to me which as you saw this week, even the top guys get frustrated. If I can keep a fresh, clear mind out there throughout the course of a match, I feel good against anybody.