Isner beats Djokovic in a thriller, plays for title in Indian Wells

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Novak Djokovic surprisingly loses his match against the American John Isner in the semifinal of the Indian Wells Masters. Isner beat the Serbian in three tough sets 7-6  (7)  3-6  7-6 (5).

Djokovic broke Isner to love and went 2-1 up in the first set. Both players held their service games up to the 10th game, when the Serbian was serving for the set. The American stepped up, played some aggresive tennis and the crucial moment came at 40-30 in Isner’s favour. Djokovic challenged Isner’s return that landed on the baseline and stopped the rally. But he looked very unsure about his call and as the hawk eye proved him wrong, the set was levelled at 5-5. The next two games went with serve and so the first set was to be decided in a tiebreak. The big serving American took the first mini break to go 4-3 up and he had a setpoint serving at 6-5, but Djokovic saved it. Isner finally converted his third setpoint and punched his fist as he won the breaker and went one set up.

In the second set, both players held their serve until the 8th game. Djokovic went 40-0 up on Isner’s serve, but as the American fought back, the world no.1 needed a fourth break point that he finally converted and took a 5-3 lead. He  served it out with a lot of confidence and there was going to be a deciding set.

The fans were in for a treat as some big hitting from both players was expected in the third set. Djokovic did well to break Isner twice so far in this match, but he knew that he needed another one to avoid a tiebreaker, that can always go either way. His break point opportunity came in the 7th game, but Isner saved it with a massive 143 mph out wide serve. The biggest point for Isner came in game 12 as he had a matchpoint on Djokovic’s serve, but the Serbian saved it and the match was going to be decided in a tiebreak. Isner started the breaker with a quick mini break but Djokovic broke right back. It didn’t put the American off balance as he came up with some big first serves and unleashed some bullet forehands to go 6-3 up and give himself three more matchpoints. The Serbian managed to save the first two, but then Isner finished the match with an ace and this is for sure the biggest win of his career.

With this win, Isner will break into the TOP 10 for the first time. In the final, he will play the winner of the match between Nadal and Federer.




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