Auckland | Isner squeezes past Edmund
Kyle Edmund, a former Australian Open semi-finaist, was hit by 25 aces as John Isner blasted his way past the Yorkshiremen to reach the semi-finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland in what proved a tough two set contest for both players.
I know I was a bit fortunate to win today, that's how tennis goes, but I'm happy I'm in the semi-finals John Isner
While the 69th ranked Edmund had the better of the fourth seed for much of the match, it was Inser’s serve which proved too tough for the Brit, who failed to convert any of the nine break points he held, allowing the world number 20 through to the last four 7-6(5) 7-6(5).
“I know I was a bit fortunate to win today, that’s how tennis goes, but I’m happy I’m in the semi-finals,” said a relieved Isner, a two-time Auckland champion.
“That match point, I played it very aggressively and very well. Winning a match like this can give me a lot of confidence going forward for the rest of this tournament, the Australian Open and for the rest of the year.”
His next opponent is Ugo Humbert of France, who caused the upset of the day when he ousted the second seeded Denis Shapovalov, the world number 13.
There was only one break in each set of the evenly contested clash with te Frenchman winning 7-5 6-4 on the Canadian’s sixth double fault.
“I’m really, really, happy, it’s one of the biggest wins of my career,” the 57th-ranked Humbert.
“I tried to play each ball, I tried to stay focused and my plans were working.”
The remaining quarter-finals are between fifth-seed Frenchman Benoit Paire and Australian John Millman, while sixth-seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland will play Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.