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Isner Reaches Washington Semi-finals

Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Tursunov© Getty ImagesDmitry Tursunov fired 15 aces en route to the semi-finals.
Eighth seed John Isner advanced to the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour 500 event in Washington, D.C. with a tightly contested 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4 victory over former finalist Marcos Baghdatis on Friday.

Baghdatis edged Isner in the first-set tie-break, but the 6' 10" American hit back to claim one break of serve in each of the second and third sets. Isner did not face a single break point and fired 18 aces to compete the match in just under two hours.

"Even though I lost the tie breaker in the first set I held it together and played very well in the last two sets," said Isner.

Last week's Atlanta champion also extended his winning streak to seven matches and is now a perfect 6-0  in ATP World Tour quarter-finals so far this year.

"All these events are prep for the US Open but at the same time they are very big events. This is the time of year when I’m a tough player to beat so I’m just trying to take it one at a time and control what I can control and it’s working so far. I’m setting little mental notes for me and what to focus on the court," Isner said.

He next faces Russian veteran Dmitry Tursunov, who clawed his way to a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4) win over Australian Marinko Matosevic.

The 30 year-old said he believes added attention to recovery is responsible for the trend of older players playing longer into their careers. "When I started playing I don’t think too many people were traveling with a physio [and] I think the surgeries have become simpler in terms of recovery. Maybe [you] sit out two months that might have sidelined an entire career before. Every player is taking more care of [their] body.”

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It will be the first meeting between Tursunov and Isner, who is bidding to reach the Washington final for the second time in his career, having also made a memorable run to the final in his ATP debut in 2007.

In doubles action, Julien Benneteau and Nenad Zimonjic won through to the semi-finals, where they'll battle Treat Huey and Dominic InglotGrigor Dimitrov and Michael Llodra, who defeated the American team of Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey in straight sets, will face off against Mardy Fish and Radek Stepanek.

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