Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Isner reaches Atlanta Open semifinals for 9th straight year

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The Australian is yet to drop a set in Atlanta, but will present a stern challenge against Wimbledon semi-finalist Isner, as he pursues a maiden ATP title.

British No 2 Cameron Norrie has reached the semi-final of the Atlanta Open after Nick Kyrgios retired midway through their quarter-final match.

The American will next face fourth-seeded Matthew Ebden of Australia, who took down unseeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-3, 6-2.

"I'm very comfortable here", said Isner, the 6-foot-10 former University of Georgia star.

With the US Open just a month away, the World No.18 will have to overcome the recurrence of an issue that has plagued him since Queen's previous year.

"It was tough", Isner said.

Second seed Schwartzman, who struggled to find his serving rhythm and recorded eight double faults, fell short at the quarter-finals stage in Hamburg for a second consecutive year.

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The American was pushed to three sets by German sixth seed Mischa Zverev before he prevailed 7-5 4-6 6-1.

Isner improved to 4-1 against world No.55 Ebden, rebounding for a loss in the Australian Open. "Just like (Friday), I was able to get out early in the third set and that definitely took some pressure off".

Isner's only other losses in the event came in the final to Mardi Fish in 2010 and 2011 and Nick Kyrgios in 2016.

The top seed dropped the first set against eighth seed Harrison, but fought back to clinch a 5-7 6-3 6-4 victory.

Isner is now two victories from winning his second title of the year.

"Now, I'm playing in my backyard and he beat me in his backyard".

Harrison had seemed on track to claim his second ATP World Tour title in the opening set, but could not keep up the momentum in the second and failed to convert four break-point opportunities. "We'll see if I can turn the tide".

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