DELRAY BEACH INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Isner Avenges Delray Beach Defeat; Haas, Gulbis Reach SFs
Delray Beach, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Top seed John Isner eliminated sixth-seeded defending champion Kevin Anderson 6-2, 7-6(1) in the quarter-finals of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships on Friday evening. Isner fired 17 aces and broke serve twice to avenge his defeat to the South African in the semi-finals at the event last year.
Isner is through to his second semi-final in 2013, following his last four appearance at the SAP Open in San Jose (l. to Haas). The top-ranked American is aiming to win his fourth hard-court crown. On Saturday, Isner will face Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
The Frenchman reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final after beating lucky loser Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-3. Roger-Vasselin had lost his first five quarter-finals, but captalised on five of his nine break point chances to clinch the victory over Berankis in 71 minutes.
Former champion Tommy Haas advanced to the semi-finals, topping Ivan Dodig 7-6(6), 2-6, 6-1. In a match featuring 11 breaks of serve, the second-seeded Haas tipped the scale with six to claim the hard-fought win in just over two hours. The two were squaring off for the first time.
Haas is aiming to lift his 14th ATP World Tour trophy. The German triumphed in Delray Beach seven years ago and 10 of his titles have come on hard courts. In the semi-finals, the 34 year old will face Ernests Gulbis, the 2010 titlist. The Latvian and Haas have split their two meetings, with Gulbis prevailing in their latest encounter, overcoming a two-set deficit to win their first-round match at the US Open last year.
Gulbis, who qualified to gain entry into the main draw, continued his run with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Spanish qualifier Daniel Munoz-De La Nava. Gulbis won 22 of his 24 first serve points to advance in 75 minutes.