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Isner Wins All-American QF; Kamke Up Next

Newport, U.S.A.

Kamke© Mike BazTobias Kamke is through to his first ATP World Tour semi-final of the season.

Top seed John Isner advanced to his first semi-final of the year with a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory over Alex Bogomolov Jr. at the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport on Thursday.

The 6’ 9’’ Tampa resident fired 20 aces and did not face a break point en route to defeating his compatriot in one hour and 32 minutes. The win gives Isner his second victory over Bogomolov Jr. this year after taking their third-round meeting at the Sony Ericsson Open. “I served really well and that was the difference,” said Isner. “I took my time and mixed it up well.”

The 26-year-old American is looking to break the ‘Casino Curse’ this week in Newport by becoming the first No. 1 seed to win the tournament since Vijay Amritraj won the inaugural edition in 1976. Thursday's victory brings Isner’s 2011 record to an even 14-14 mark.

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In the semi-finals, Isner will square off against No. 8 seed Tobias Kamke. The World No. 96 came from a set down to defeat France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to reach his first ATP World Tour semi-final of the season.

The German converted four of his 13 break point opportunities and only lost serve once as he claimed victory in one hour and 38 minutes. He improved to an 8-12 record on the season.

The 25-year-old Kamke was named 2010 ATP World Tour Newcomer of the Year in 2010, finishing the year at No. 67 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings after starting out at World No. 254. He has struggled to go further this season, though, failing to win back-to-back tour-level matches until this week.

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