Isner wins first match of 2019, Fognini bundled out in Buenos Aires

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14 Feb 2019, 10:32 IST
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Large-serving American John Isner

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.”

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.

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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