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Isner, Gulbis Advance To Delray Beach QFs

Delray Beach, U.S.A.

Isner© CameraSportTop seed John Isner advances to the Delray Beach quarter-finals.

Top seed John Isner defeated fellow American Ryan Sweeting 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. Isner saved all five break points faced on serve.

The 26 year old is through to an ATP World Tour quarter-final for a second straight week, having also reached this stage in Memphis (l. to eventual champion Jurgen Melzer). He came to Delray Beach at a career-high No. 11 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings.

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Isner will next face Australian No. 8 seed Bernard Tomic, who fended off seven break points en route to a 6-1, 7-5 win over American qualifier Tim Smyczek. Tomic made a strong start to the 2012 season, reaching the semi-finals in Brisbane (l. to Murray) and fourth round at the Australian Open (l. to Federer).

Former Delray Beach champion Ernests Gulbis advanced earlier Wednesday, defeating Belgian Steve Darcis 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-3. The Latvian won 89 per cent of his first serve points and broke Darcis five times for the two hour, 10-minute victory.

Gulbis last reached a tour-level quarter-final in July at Los Angeles, where he picked up his second ATP World Tour title (d. Fish).

Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic, who had won just three tour-level matches prior to this week, rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over sixth-seeded Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. The 173rd-ranked Matosevic, a recent winner at the Caloundra Challenger, will be appearing in his first ATP World Tour quarter-final.

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