Early exit for ASB Classic top seed Isner

Ruben Hill
Января 11, 2019

The second set also went to a tiebreak, without any breaks and once again Fritz came out on top 7-5, with Isner going too long down the middle of the court with a backhand on match points. On a good day for young Americans, Tennys Sandgren of the United States beat third-seeded Marco Checchinato of Italy 6-3, 6-3.

The world No 10 has been upset by compatriot Taylor Fritz 7-6 (3) 7-6 (5) in a big serving battle.

The draw - already weakened by the withdrawal of defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut, Tomas Berdych and Gael Monfils - now has only two seeds remaining in Fognini and Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.

Fritz had lost to Isner in their two previous meetings but prevailed Wednesday in the face of Isner's barrage of 26 aces. "I knew I could", said Fritz. "John's beaten me twice before and it was close".

"I really wanted to get the win on him". "We had a lot of close points and it just feels really good to get through that", world number 50 Fritz said.

At 50th, Fritz is ranked 40 places below world number 10 Isner, who had a bye in the first round. Isner broke back immediately and held for the rest of the set to set up the tiebreak.

He won all five points on serve with a victor, scoring another mini-break at 5-3 before closing the breaker and the set in the 10th point with an unreturned serve.

Fritz won 70 per cent (21-9) of the tie-breaks he played in 2018, third on the ATP Tour, according to the FedEx ATP Performance Zone, behind only reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev (74%, 17-6) and Brisbane International champion Kei Nishikori (77%, 17-5).

Taylor grabbed the first advantage after a short backhand cross court victor in the third point but Isner pulled it back with a strong forehand attack in the eighth point for a 4-4.

David tried to play but he made a decision to retire after he barely managed to move, receiving the special present in the post-match presentation after being one of the most successful players here, winning 32 matches in Auckland after the first appearance in 2003.

"I like to think that one of my strengths is playing under pressure and playing the big moments well", Fritz added.

The Portuguese was the better player in most of the opening set but he couldn't capitalize on that, wasting two break points in game five and three two games later to keep Cameron on the positive side of the scoreboard.

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