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2009 Washington QF: John Isner upsets Tomas Berdych

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."


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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.


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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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