By Chris Oddo/ Friday, August 16, 2013
John Isner is back in the top 20, and apparently he's intent on staying there.
John Isner stunned Novak Djokovic to claim his second victory over a reigning World No. 1 on Friday in Cincinnati.
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The American defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a tense battle at the Western and Southern Open, 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-5, breaking Djokovic in the final game of the third set to clinch his second career win over a reigning world No. 1.
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“I just beat the No. 1 player in the world,” Isner said on court after the match. “It feels absolutely amazing.”
Isner saved three of four break points and hit nine aces in the match. He only converted on one of 10 break points, but Isner got the one he needed as Djokovic dumped a backhand into the net on Isner's second match point.
Isner moves on to face Juan Martin Del Potro for the second time in two weeks in the semifinals. The ATP's ace leader lost to Del Potro in three sets in the Citi Open final in Washington, D.C. Isner has lost all four meetings with Del Potro, and dropped eight of nine sets against the world No. 7.
“He beat me in three sets,” Isner said of the last meeting with Del Potro. “It was sort of a weird match, I won the first set and he absolutely cleaned my clock in the last two sets.”
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Del Potro advanced in three sets over Dmitry Tursunov, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Tursunov, the first qualifier to reach the quarterfinals in Cincinnati since 2002, will crack the top 40 after his fine week.
Del Potro, who lost in the Cincinnati semifinals to Novak Djokovic, hopes he gets to start later in the day on Saturday when he meets Isner in the semifinals. “For me it's horrible,” he said of the 11 a.m. start time. “We have a really late dinner like [in] Argentina, around 10 p.m. I hope the tournament director can put me later tomorrow."
Isner's win over Djokovic wasn't the only upset on Friday, as Tomas Berdych took down Andy Murray, 6-3, 6-4 in the last day match in Cincinnati.
Berdych will face the Rafael Nadal- Roger Federer winner in the semifinals.