Eighth-seeded domestic player John Isner turned around the semifinal Washington clash against 61st-ranked Russian Dmitry Tursunov to book his second successive ATP final ticket after conquering Atlanta last week. The American did not face any break point threats during the encounter, still the opening set belonged to his unseeded opponent who fended off a set point in the tie-break before moving 1-0 ahead fifty-three minutes into the match. In the following set Isner surrendered only five points on his serve and managed to consolidate his fourth game break for a 4-1 lead – he squared things up after a couple of love holds. The decider followed almost an identical pattern with the home crowd favorite breaking to love in the fifth game and serving out the clash in the same fashion – he completed his comeback with a 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4 victory after two hours and eight minutes of play. The best ranked US player hit 29 aces and won 88% of first serve points.
He will be joined by top seed Juan Martin Del Potro in Citi Open final – the Argentine overcame last year’s runner-up Tommy Haas in straight sets. The third-seeded German veteran got close to capturing the first one as he generated two set points at 6-5, yet the set ended in a tie-break which went Del Potro’s way in the end. The second set progressed on serve until 4-3 when the top seed broke the deadlock and claimed his spot in the final with the subsequent hold. He took this one with 7-6 (4), 6-3 after slightly less than two hours of hard court tennis and will be now hoping to land his third Washington title – he won the ATP World Tour 500 tournament two times in a row in 2008 and 2009. He has a perfect 3-0 head-to-head record against Isner, all of their previous matches were played on hard courts in America as well.
“He has every part of the game down. He obviously serves very well, but he returns exceptionally well…he just crushes the ball from the baseline,” Isner commented on the Argentine in the wake of their final match.
“Against Isner, here in the United States, [on] hard courts, and with his serve, it’s going to be a really terrible match for me but I will try to return some serves and play my game. Being in the final means a lot to me,” Del Potro said.
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