Seeded players John Isner and Tommy Haas secured their semifinal tickets at the San Jose ATP tournament with straight sets victories.
Second seed American Isner maintained his good form and reached San Jose semis after brushing aside eighth-seeded Belgian Xavier Malisse in straight sets. The opener was a toe-to-toe struggle with none of the counterparts being able to break the deadlock. Their serves were never under a threat and the tie-break was inevitable. Isner conceded two mini-breaks in the thirteenth game, but kept his nerves and bounced back both times. He then defended a couple of the Belgian’s set point opportunities before tucking away his third one for a one nil advantage.
The second set was much less of a contest as the US player continued to serve perfectly and also put more pressure on his opponent’s serve. Malisse thus suffered two losses of serve by 5-2 and allowed Isner to grab a victory with the first match ball after merely one hour and ten minutes of play. The score: 7-6 (8), 6-2.
Isner’s semifinal challenger will be German veteran Haas who was hardly troubled by 154th-ranked American Steve Johnson. The fourth-seeded German broke Johnson in the fifth game of the opening set and confirmed the break with a love hold. The American had no chances to return into the set and Haas served it out easily enough. Haas remained a dominant figure in the following set, too. He first broke Johnson love in the third game and acquired a two break cushion by 5-2. He wrapped the clash up with his second match ball and slid into the semis with a smooth 6-4, 6-2 triumph.
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