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John Isner powers past Kevin Anderson at BNP Paribas Open
John Isner powers past Kevin Anderson at BNP Paribas Open

It was like going to a heavyweight title fight. USC's late and legendary Marv Goux would have drooled about this, about his love of big man versus big man, as he used to call it when his Trojans played Notre Dame in football. Sure, it was tennis, just a third-round men's singles match in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Monday. But when John Isner and Kevin Anderson took the court, you knew you could forget about finesse and patty-caking. There is not a delicate moment in either of their games. Isner is 6 feet 9, Anderson 6-8. When they walked in, all you saw were knees. This match would have made John Wooden an instant tennis fan. They should have brought out a...

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