|Posted on August 7, 2009 at 11:42 PM|
American John Isner composed himself after blowing four match points in the second set to upset eighth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-7(10), 6-2. Isner has enjoyed his best results in Washington, finishing runner-up to Roddick on debut in 2007, reaching the quarter-finals last year and now the semi-finals this week for an 11-2 career record at the event.
On Friday night, as he attempted to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, Isner raced to a 40-15 lead. But Berdych fought back to deuce, saved a third match point two points later and then converted his first break point opportunity of the set to level the match at 5-5. Berdych saved a fourth match point before winning the 22-point tie-break.
Isner saved two break points early in the second set and broke in Berdych's second service game en route to a 4-1 lead, soon after serving out the match. "I think I had my chances to close out the match in the second set but didn't mix the serve as well as I should," Isner said. "He also picked up his game towards the end of the second set."
The unseeded Isner, who lost to Roddick in the 2007 final, recovered after blowing four match-points to upset Czech eighth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-7(10-12) 6-2.
... But Berdych fought admirably to delay Isner's victory.
Nice try Tomas!
The ATP #18 saved an incredible three match points with Isner serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set, and another one in the tiebreak to win the second set 7-6 (12-10), and seemingly grabbing all possible momentum as well.
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