• Americans Isner, Harrison in Newport action

    7/13/12 4:00 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Americans Isner, Harrison in Newport action Top seed John Isner and his Davis Cup teammate Ryan Harrison will take the court on Friday for spots in Saturday's semifinals.

    John Isner (1) vs. Izak Van der Merwe (Q)

    Top seed and defending champion John Isner earned his spot in the quarterfinals with a win over familiar foe Nicolas Mahut, the other half of the longest match in tennis history at Wimbledon. Isner's quarterfinal opponent is Izak Van der Merwe, a South African Challenger-level player ranked No. 155 in the world.

    Coming into Newport, Van der Merwe had a 2-2 ATP tour-level record. He did well to come up through qualifying in Newport and win his first two matches, but Isner is likely to prove a tall task. Isner in straight sets.

    Ryan Harrison (6) vs. Benjamin Becker

    German veteran Benjamin Becker had a great upset win over Milos Raonic in the second round. Becker is ranked 112th in the world, but he's a proficient grass-courter and could be a threat to American Ryan Harrison.

    Harrison has had a good grass-court season. The No. 6 seed had a semifinal showing at Eastbourne and a second round at Wimbledon.

    Prediction – Becker is more experienced, but Harrison is playing well on grass and he'll have the support of the American crowd. Harrison in 3.

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Isner (possibly in 3) and Becker will get the wins here

RickyDimon , 7/13/12 4:11 AM

Maybe. Harrison has been pretty good on grass though. He didn't embarrass himself against Nole at Wimbledon.

cherylmurray , 7/13/12 4:30 AM

Hewitt is also in the quarter finals?

tennis2011 , 7/13/12 1:21 PM

Hewitt already in the semis

RickyDimon , 7/14/12 7:41 AM

I hope Isner does not tire himself out coz he's playing in the Olympics.

It's good to see Hewitt winning some matches. I like the feisty guy.

scoretracker , 7/14/12 8:49 AM

scoretracker: He has two weeks to recover and it can only be a good thing to be playing a grass tournament prior to the Olympics - especially as he was knocked out in the first round at Wimbledon.

ed251137 , 7/14/12 10:51 AM

Isner probably isn't willing to sacrifice two tournaments in the USA (where he always plays his best) to rest up for a tournament at which he has very little chance of advancing more than two or three rounds (he has never been good on grass and probably never will be)

RickyDimon , 7/14/12 2:25 PM

You're hoping he plays Atlanta aren't you Ricky?

chr18 , 7/14/12 2:35 PM

Isner signed up for Atlanta about 5 months ago.

RickyDimon , 7/15/12 3:01 AM

He could pull out though. Like you said if he thought he had a chance to win Olympics he probably would be resting. Since he knows he won't he probably is going to be fatigued going into London.

chr18 , 7/15/12 4:04 AM

Isner knows he has no chance. That's why is playing in Newport and, more specifically, in Atlanta.

If there was one tournament isner would NOT pull out of, it's Atlanta.

RickyDimon , 7/15/12 4:48 AM

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