US OPEN 2013
Isner Wins Primetime Showdown With Monfils
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
John Isner will be seeking revenge when he faces Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round of the US Open, after the American powered past the charismatic Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(4) on Thursday.
The 2011 US Open quarter-finalist improved to an impressive 15-3 in hard court matches this summer after hammering 23 aces and winning 80 per cent of points on his first serve against Monfils.
After a clutch late break gave him the first set 7-5, Isner snatched two more in the second set for a comfortable two sets to none advantage. Monfils would battle back, however, taking a 0/40 lead on an Isner service game at 4-4 in the third set and breaking with a forehand rifle to Isner’s feet. The 6’10” American remained steady in the fourth, forcing a tie-break and eventually sealing the victory when a Monfils backhand caught the tape.
Having lost to the German on the same stage last year, there will be no surprises when Isner faces Kohlschreiber in the third round. In that meeting Kohlschreiber prevailed 6-4 in the fifth set at 2:26 a.m. local time.
The No. 22 seed defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 on Thursday.
In other action, qualifier Daniel Evans shocked rising Australian star Bernard Tomic 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 to advance to his first career Grand Slam third round. In fact, Evans had never won a Grand Slam match prior to this week. The Brit attacked Tomic’s serves with authority, ripping return winners off both wings. Wielding a compact forehand, he was aggressive from the baseline and wasn’t afraid to come forward to shorten points. Tomic was victimised by 20 forehand unforced errors as well.
Milos Raonic dropped just seven games as he raced into the third round with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Pablo Andujar. The 10th-seeded Canadian hit 53 winners and limited Andujar to just 18 as he prevailed in just over two hours. The 22-year-old Raonic is bidding to reach his first major quarter-final. Next in his path will be Feliciano Lopez, whom he trails 0-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.