SAP OPEN 2013
Isner Sets San Jose SF Clash With Haas; Raonic Eyes Third Straight Title
San Jose, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
The Canadian, who is No. 13 in the Emirates ATP Ranking, fired 14 aces and saved the only break point he faced to lift his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Istomin to 2-0. Raonic improved his tournament record to 10-0, and has never dropped a set in San Jose.
The right-hander, who is aiming for a third consecutive SAP Open title, said he would focus on consistency in 2013, especially in bigger events.
"Even now, no matter how established I am or how much people think I’m favoured to win a lot of my matches, I still get nervous," admitted the 22-year-old Raonic. "I find situations where I am a little bit bloated in my head, I sort of play worse. I think having those nerves when I am starting out matches keeps me sharp.”
Raonic's semi-final opponent is third seed Sam Querrey who ousted Colombia's Alejandro Falla 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in one hour and 55 minutes. The American fired 20 aces, including one to claim the penultimate point of the match.
The 25 year-old Querrey has 2-0 win-loss record against the Canadian.
The 22nd-ranked Haas improved to a 3-2 season record. The German is through to the semi-finals in San Jose for the first time since 2005 and is aiming to lift his 14th trophy this week.
For a place in the final, Haas faces second seed John Isner. The top-ranked American defeated No. 8 seed Xavier Malisse 7-6(8), 6-2, firing 10 aces and breaking Malisse twice in the second set to claim victory in 68 minutes.
“I felt like we both served very well in the first set,” Isner assessed. “He didn’t give me much. Just like my match Wednesday night, I played my best tennis toward the end of the match.
“When I’m up a break, I feel like that’s when my sense of urgency is the best. I don’t want to hit a ball besides my serve. I finish a lot of matches off with aces and no return of serves.”
Isner is bidding to win his first indoor title, having finished runner-up at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis three years ago. The 27 year old has won three of his four previous clashes against Haas, but the two have not met since 2009, when Isner won their first-round meeting at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.