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ATLANTA---Two-time defending champion
John Isner ran his Atlanta Open winning
streak to ten matches yesterday, riding his
big serve to a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory over
The top-seeded Isner had 19 aces less than
24 hours after ripping off 33 in a two-set victory
over Radek Stepanek. Isner will face training
partner Denis Kudla today in his 34th ATP Tour
semifinal. Kudla, a qualifier, beat Dudi Sela 7-
5, 6-0 to reach his first ATP semifinal.
As a wild-card entry at Wimbledon, the 22-
year-old Kudla became the first American male
to reach the round of 16 since 2012 before falling
to Marin Cilic.
"He s solid, very quick," Isner said about
Kudla. "Me being the elder statesman, I need
to show him no mercy, but he s playing the best
tennis of his life."
In pushing his Atlanta record to 18-3, Isner
reached his sixth straight Atlanta semifinal.
The 6-foot-10 former University of Georgia
player s serve peaked at 138 mph.
Berankis, a Lithuanian ranked No 87, also
served well. He had ten aces, and won 86 per
cent of his first serves (to Isner s 84 per cent),
and 62 per cent on seconds.
"The conditions were different (than Thursday
night)," Isner said after playing for 80 minutes
under relentless sun.
"It s faster. It helped my serve so much. The
ball was bouncing everywhere. For a guy who
is small in stature, (Berankis) crushes the
ball...There were a lot of short points, which
generally works in my favour."
The two pivot points were the first-set
tiebreaker, where Isner served first and Berankis
returned just two of six serves, and the only
break of the match.
That came in the second set. With Berankis
serving at 1-1, he went to the net only to bump
a backhand long and past an open court to cede
Isner is trying to reach the Atlanta final for
the fifth time in six years. He lost in the finals
in 2010 and 2011, fell in the 2012 semifinals to
eventual champion Andy Roddick, and won the
past two years.
In the other quarterfinals scheduled for last
night, second-seeded Vasek Pospisil faced No
5 Marcos Baghdatis, and No 7 Gilles Muller
played Go Soeda. (AP)
Isner advances to Atlanta Open semis
HAMBURG---Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced
to the semifinals of the Hamburg Open by beating
fifth-seeded Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 yesterday.
Nadal s semifinal opponent will be Andreas Seppi,
who reached the last four without having to play.
His opponent, Simone Bolleli, withdrew with a stom-
Nadal is looking to extend his streak of having
won at least one European clay-court title every year
since 2004. The former top-ranked player has dropped
to No 10 in the world.
Qualifier Lucas Pouille upset Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-
2 to set up a semifinal encounter against eighth-
seeded and 2013 Hamburg winner Fabio Fognini,
who beat Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 7-5.
Pouille reached his second semifinal of the year
by ending Paire s seven-match winning run that
included his maiden title in Bastad, Sweden.
Nadal beats Cuevas,
of Hamburg Open
STANFORD---World No 1 Serena Williams has
withdrawn from the upcoming Bank of the West
Classic because of an elbow injury she says must
get "back to 100 per cent."
The tournament announced her withdrawal yes-
terday. It runs August 3-9 at Stanford University.
Williams expressed her disappointment and noted,
"The tournament is one of my favorites and the fans
have always been so generous and supportive of me."
Williams recently won her sixth Wimbledon cham-
pionship, 21st Grand Slam singles title overall and
fourth consecutive major event---the "Serena Slam"---
and she also won four Slam events in a row in 2002-
03. She will now look to chase a fifth straight at the
US Open in August.
Fifth-ranked Caroline Wozniacki will make her
Bank of the West Classic debut, and as the top seed.
from Bank of West
with hurt elbow
GSTAAD---Top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium
advanced to the Swiss Open semifinals yesterday,
beating sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-7
(7), 6-4, 7-6 (1).
Goffin will face fifth-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of
Brazil today in the clay-court tournament. Two-time
Gstaad winner Bellucci beat fourth-seeded defending
champion Pablo Andujar of Spain 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
In the other quarterfinals, second-seeded Feliciano
Lopez of Spain topped eighth-seeded Santiago Giraldo
of Colombia 7-6 (4), 6-4, and third-seeded Dominic
Thiem of Austria outlasted seventh-seeded Pablo
Carreno Busta of Spain 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.
Goffin advances to
Swiss Open semis
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