• Isner wins another third-set breaker in Auckland

    1/14/09 4:40 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Isner wins another third-set breaker in Auckland John Isner outlasts fellow American Robby Ginepri in three sets at the Heineken Open on Wednesday afternoon. Isner is now in the quarterfinals and awaits either Robin Soderling or Bobby Reynolds.

    John Isner was up to his old third-set tiebreaker tricks on Wednesday at the Heineken Open, defeating Robby Ginepri 6-4, 6-7(1), 7-6(5) in the second round. Isner needed two hours and 23 minutes to book a spot in the quarterfinals, where he will take on either Robin Soderling or Bobby Reynolds.

    A single break is often enough for the 6'9'' Isner to take a set, and that proved to the case in the first against Ginepri. The big man lost just seven points in five service games and did not face a break point.

    Isner also went up a break in the second, seemingly on his way to certain victory. Ginepri refused to give up, however, and he broke back for 4-4 before eventually forcing a tiebreaker. Usually a master in tiebreakers thanks to his huge serve, Isner was no match for his opponent in this one. Ginepri eased through it seven points to one to force a decisive third set.

    In the decider it was Ginepri's turn to throw away a break. The No. 47 player in the world did not lose a single point in his first three service games and he eventually broke for a 4-3 lead. Stunningly, however, Isner broke right back for 4-4. Ginepri had one break point to go up 6-5 and serve for the match, but Isner saved it and a tiebreaker ensued.

    The world No. 144 has made a name for himself with third-set tiebreaker triumphs. He won five in-a-row at the 2007 Legg Mason Classic en route to his first and only ATP final. Isner also qualified for the Auckland main draw by outlasting Thomaz Bellucci in a third-set 'breaker. Again he proved to be too tough in the crucial moments against Ginepri, who went up a mini-break early in the decider. Isner, however, won four straight points to go up 6-3 and he eventually served it out to take it seven points to five.

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