Johnson sends Isner packing in Auckland


American seventh seed Steve Johnson reached the semi-finals of the Auckland Open when he upset second-seeded countryman John Isner in three sets on Thursday.

In a close match lasting two hours and 17 minutes, Johnson got past Isner 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(3) to set up a semi-final meeting with fourth seed and countryman Jack Sock.

In the opening set, things went with serve until the eighth game, where Isner saved three break points but was unable to stop Johnson from claiming the fourth as he went on to serve out the set winning it 6-3.

The big-serving duo were at it again in the second as Isner got the only break in the 12th game to win the set 7-5.

In the decider, Isner managed to save four break points on his serve in the seventh game. With no breaks of serve, the match went to a tiebreaker which Johnson managed to win 7-3 to claim the match.

His semi-final opponent, the second-seeded Sock, needed three sets to get past Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Cypriot eight seed Marcos Baghdatis had few issues getting past Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4 while his semi-final opponent, Joao Sousa of Portugal, cruised past Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3, 6-2.


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