14 Feb 2019, 10:32 IST
John Isner ended his winless begin to the 12 months on the New York Open, whereas Fabio Fognini was a casualty on the Argentina Open.
Isner was 0-2 in 2019 following defeats on the Auckland Open and Australian Open final month however the big-serving American celebrated victory in New York on Wednesday.
The highest seed on the ATP 250 event, Isner defeated Bernard Tomic 7-6 (9-7) 6-Four en path to the quarter-finals midweek.
“I had a very long time to stew over once more not doing nicely Down Beneath. It was very powerful… I actually wasn’t feeling too nice about my sport after that,” stated Isner, who hit 33 aces within the one hour, 14-minute win.
“However the one factor you are able to do is simply proceed to maintain working onerous. For me, hold engaged on my physique. And I used that point to actually get stronger. It’s important to take a look at it as a blessing in disguise. It actually simply gave me a bunch of time to maintain working onerous within the fitness center, however most significantly simply having fun with time with my household.”
— New York Open (@NewYorkOpen) February 14, 2019
Subsequent up for Isner within the final eight is one other Australian – seventh seed Jordan Thompson, who beat Christopher Eubanks 4-6 6-1 6-4.
American third seed Steve Johnson was surprised 6-Four 4-6 7-6 (7-4) by qualifier Brayden Schnur, Paolo Lorenzi ousted Ryan Harrison 4-6 6-Four 6-4, Croatian veteran Ivo Karlovic misplaced out to Radu Albot 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) within the spherical of 32 and Denis Istomin topped Mackenzie McDonald 4-6 6-2 6-3.
On the Argentina Open, second seed Fognini crashed to a 4-6 6-Four 7-5 loss in opposition to Jaume Munar in Buenos Aires.
“I will be shocked should you see a greater shot all week”
— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) February 14, 2019
Countryman and third seed Marco Cecchinato noticed off Christian Garin 7-6 (7-4) 6-4, whereas Roberto Carballes Baena and Guido Pella had been additionally victorious within the final 16.
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