Top-seeded John Isner delivered 24 aces whole posting a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Australia’s Matthew Ebden on Friday in Newport, R.I., to reach the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Open.
Isner is two victories away from winning the event for the fourth time. He was victorious in 2011, 2012 and 2017.
Isner will face fourth-seeded Ugo Humbert in the semifinals. The Frenchman delivered nine aces during his 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Ilya Ivashka of Belarus.
“I’ve played almost four hours in two matches, but I need time on court. That’s why I came here,” Isner said after winning in 1 hour, 43 minutes against Ebden. “I know what I have to do tomorrow. Ugo serves very well and he’s playing with a lot of confidence, so it’s just going to come down to a few points here and there.”
Seventh-seeded Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan and Marcel Granollers of Spain will square off in the other semifinal. Bublik recovered to beat American Tennys Sandgren 0-6, 6-3, 6-0, while Granollers played a superb second set in a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Germany’s Mischa Zverev in a match that was halted by rain after one set on Thursday.
Sixth-seeded Juan Ignacio Londero outlasted fourth-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals at Bastad, Sweden.
The Argentinian had eight aces in the match that lasted 2 hours, 51 minutes. Gasquet had 13 aces in defeat
Londero will face Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the semis after the latter defeated fellow Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena 4-6 6-1, 6-1.
Fifth-seeded Nicolas Jarry of Chile will meet Argentina’s Federico Delbonis in the semis. Jarry recorded a 6-1, 6-4 victory over France’s Jeremy Chardy while Delbonis upset eighth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-2, 7-5.
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Third-seeded Serbian Laslo Djere saved all seven break points he faced en route to a 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 victory over eighth-seeded Leonardo Mayer of Argentina at Umag, Croatia, to reach the semifinals.
Djere will face qualifier Attila Balazs of Hungary in the semis. Balazs defeated Italy’s Stefano Travaglia 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Fourth-seeded Dusan Lajovic and unseeded Italian Salvatore Caruso will meet in the other semi. Lajovic battled for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win over Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene, while Caruso handled Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis 6-4, 6-0.
–Field Level Media