Second seed John Isner is through to the quarter finals of the Delray Beach Open after beating the Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro 6-4, 7-6(4).
A bit of history as these two players actually met around the same time of the year last year in the opening round of the Australian Open, that match was won by the American in four tight sets all of them being decided by a tiebreaker 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6.
The first couple games of the opening set were pretty routine and even if Isner had only played five matches last year thanks in large part to the pandemic he looked good in his service games.
The American got the first break point of the match at 1-2 with the Brazilian serving but he was up to the task saving it with a big serve of his own. The two players were doing a good job of holding serve and another break opportunity didn’t occur until 4-5 when once again Monteiro was serving to stay in the first set.
Isner would set up the first one with a stunning cross court forehand winner but the Brazilian would save it on the next point as the Dallas, Texas resident would send a ball long.
The world number 25 would get a second chance and he would make good on it playing a long rally and finishing the point with a blistering forehand down the line to win the first set 6-4.
The second set was pretty much like the first with both players holding serve and not giving an inch on their service games. Once again Isner had the first break opportunity of the set but was once again saved with a big serve from Monteiro.
The second frame would end up being decided by a tiebreaker and that’s where the American was looking to close out the match. At 2-3 Isner would get the crucial break when Monteiro would send a return into the net.
From there it was smooth sailing for the American and on his second match point at 6-4 he would seal the win with a great rally and finishing the point with a volley winner at the net.
After the match, Isner spoke about how thrilled he was to finally be playing in front of fans.
“It was a great atmosphere, all of us players appreciate you fans coming out, it means a lot to us, not many athletes have played in front of many fans so we come out here play in front of an intimate setting, a loud crowd, we really do appreciate it and I’m happy to be back here and hopefully to see you guys in a few days”.
He also spoke about what it took to take to get the win today.
“I think he’s a fantastic player, he plays aggresively obviosuly playing a lefty isn’t easy either, he makes a lot of first serves and plays attacking tennis and when he does that he makes it hard for me so i expected a very tough match and that’s exactly what it was, I was a little fortunate there in the end to come out with the win”
Isner will next face a fellow American in Sebastien Korda in the quarter finals on Monday, Korda upset Isner at the French Open last May.
There were three other matches played on Saturday, Gianluca Mager continued his run by upsetting Sam Querrey 7-6, 6-1, Mager was down 5-2 in the first set but rallied back to take it 7-6 and dominated from there to book his spot in the quarter finals.
Another upset was Christian Harrison sending the number one seed Christian Garin packing in straight sets 7-6, 6-2. Korda set up his match with Isner by beating another American Tommy Paul in three sets 4-6, 6-3 and 6-2.
John Isner upsets Andrey Rublev to reach quarterfinals in Madrid
John Isner is into the Madrid quarter-finals after a last set tiebreak win over Andrey Rublev.
The American once again needed three sets and two tiebreakers to earn a top 10 scalp.
John Isner booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open by upsetting the number six seed Andrey Rublev 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 in two hours and five minutes hitting 43 winners and 29 aces in the win.
“I’ve always served well, the conditions for the server are fantastic, physically I was heavy-legged today, I finished late last night, the good thing is I finished a bit earlier today and I should be ready to go tomorrow, I’m going to need all of my legs tomorrow against Dominic (Thiem) and I’m looking forward to it for sure”.
The first set was pretty routine and we didn’t see a single break of serve the entire set as the first set would be decided by a tiebreaker. That’s where the American ran away with it jumping out to a 4-0 lead playing some great tennis and he would take it 7-4 to win the first set 7-6.
The Russian was keen to get back in the match in the second set and earned the first two breakpoints of the match at 1-1 and broke to take an early 2-1 lead. That break was all the number six seed needed to serve out the second set taking it 6-3 and setting up a deciding third set.
The number six seed once again had the first break opportunity of the third set but it was immediately saved with the big booming serve from the Greensboro, North Carolina native. That was the only breakpoint of the set and once again the match would be decided by a tiebreaker.
This one was much more closer and we didn’t see a break of serve until 4-3 when the American returned the Russian serve with a powerful forehand to take a 5-3 lead.
He would go on to serve it out to win the match and set up a quarterfinal encounter with the Austrian Domenic Them and he spoke about the matchup in his post-match press conference.
“He’s fresh, he’s won two matches and I think he is the second-best clay courter right now so it’s going to be a very tough task for me tomorrow especially on this court because he hits the ball so big and pretty fast and he does so many things well and I am going to have to play extremely well if I want any chance to beat him”
Theim currently holds a 2-1 lead in the head to head and their most recent meeting was back in 2017 in Laver Cup on an indoor hardcourt when the Austrian won in three sets.
Christian Garin reaches his second career Masters 1000 quarter final in Madrid
Chile’s Christian Garin has reached his second Masters 1000 quarter final with a 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 win over world number 3 Danil Medvedev at the Madrid Mutua Open.
Garin earned an early break after a loose service game from Medvedev at 1-1. The second set went on serve with no breaks of serve en route to the tie-break. Medvedev cruised through to a 7-3 win with two mini-breaks. Garin broke twice in the fourth and sixth games to claim the third set 6-1.
Garin will face either this year’s Serbian Open champion Matteo Berrettini or Federico Delbonis. The Chilean player is tied at 1-1 in his two head-to-head matches against Berrettini and won his only previous match against Delbonis en route to last year’s title at the Rio Open. Garin won all his five titles on clay in Houston and Munich in 2019, Rio de Janeiro and Cordoba in 2020 and Santiago de Chile in 2021.
Jannik Sinner Vows To ‘Come Back Stronger’ After Madrid Misfortune
The 19-year-old believes his latest loss will help him grow as a player.
Italian rising star Jannik Sinner has revealed that he was suffering from an allergy during his latest match at the Madrid Open but has insisted it wasn’t the reason for his loss.
The world No.18 crashed out of the tournament in straight sets on Wednesday to Australia’s Alexi Popyrin. A player ranked 57 places lower than him who has reached the third round of a Masters tournament for only the second time in his career. The Italian struggled behind his second serve where he won just 41% of the points. A frustrating outcome for Sinner who led the match 5-3 before losing 6-7(5), 2-6.
“I suffer from allergy and here there is a lot of pollen, I also play with contact lenses and everything. This bothered me a lot,” said Sinner who was coughing throughout the match.
“I suffered more because there was more sun and in that field (court) he entered easily, but I did not lose for this (reason). He played better than me.”
The 19-year-old has recently broken into the world’s top 20 following what has been a solid start to the season. At the Miami Open he became only the fourth teenager in history to reach the final after Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. On the clay he recently reached the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Despite his disappointment in Madrid, Sinner is hoping that it will help him become an even better playing in the coming weeks heading into the French Open. A Grand Slam which he reached the quarter-finals at on his debut last year.
“This defeat helps me to grow, now I go to the court to work to be at the top for the next match. I’ll come back stronger than before,” he stated.
Sinner will be hoping to get back on track next week when plays his home tournament at the Italian Open. He made his Rome debut back in 2019 where he defeated Steve Johnson in the first round before going out. A year later he reached the third round before losing to Grigor Dimitrov in three sets.
As for Popyrin, he will face a showdown against top seed Rafael Nadal in Thursday.
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