8th seeded American John Isner beat Kevin Anderson of South Africa in a three set thriller in the second round of Shanghai Rolex Masters 2012, prevailing 7-6 (3) 6-7 (8) 7-6 (7).
Both players are famous for their big serves and they proved it in today’s encounter. With no breaks of serve throughout the entire match, the Chinese crowd saw three nail biting tiebreaks. As they were no break point opportunities in set one, the first ‘breaker’ of the match was inevitable. Isner kept his composure and raced to a 7-3 win to take a one set lead.
Although the second set saw some break point chances on both sides, neither of the competitors was able to convert any of them and after a super tight tiebreak followed, Anderson held his nerve, clinching it to level the match at one set apiece.
It was the South African, who had a massive opportunity to capture the match in the decider as he earned himself a couple of matchpoints at 6-4 and one more at 7-6 in the ‘breaker’, but Isner fought back and eventually emerged victorious after converting his first match point when leading 8-7.
With this victory, Isner improved his head to head record against Anderson to 4-3.
In the remaining first round matches, Serb Viktor Troicki ousted Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny 6-3 2-6 6-4 and Spaniard Feliciano Lopez booked a place in the second round after a 6-3 1-6 6-3 victory against Alejandro Falla of Colombia.