Atlanta Open: Lleyton Hewitt and John Isner meet again

Last Updated: 27/07/13 8:03am

  • Share:
Lleyton Hewitt: Australian improved as his quarter-final with Ivan Dodig progressd

Lleyton Hewitt: Australian improved as his quarter-final with Ivan Dodig progressd

Sky Bet

Lleyton Hewitt will aim for a third win of the year against John Isner when they meet in the semi-finals of the BB&T Atlanta Open.

The pair have played on a hardcourt at Indian Wells, on grass in the semi-finals at Newport, Rhode Island, and another clash on a hardcourt awaits when Hewitt, one of the finest returners in the game, takes on serving colossus Isner for a place in Sunday's final.

In their two clashes so far in 2013, Hewitt has lost tight opening sets before recovering to win, and it would be a surprise were it to be anything but close again.

Australian seventh seed Hewitt started sluggishly against Croatian third seed Ivan Dodig in their quarter-final but improved to win 1-6 6-3 6-0, while top seed Isner saw off fellow American James Blake 7-6 (7/1) 7-6 (7/5).

On the opposite side of the draw, Ryan Harrison's fine week continued as the 21-year-old US player edged his Colombian opponent Santiago Giraldo 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7/2).

Harrison has slumped from 43rd in the world rankings to 132nd as his form and confidence have ebbed away, but he has found a groove this week and could pose an awkward obstacle for South African Kevin Anderson, the second seed, who mastered Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan over three sets.

Anderson won 6-3 3-6 6-3 in one hour and 50 minutes of a match in which both men fired down 12 aces.

  • Share:

Related

ATP Atlanta Open 2013

American John Isner won big-serving final in Atlanta

Isner edges out Anderson

American John Isner edged out Kevin Anderson in three tie-break sets to win the final of the Atlanta Open.

John Isner: Hammered down 21 aces in his semi-final victory over Lleyton Hewitt

Isner and Anderson to face off

John Isner will go up against Kevin Anderson in a battle of two big servers in the final of the BB&T Atlanta Open.

John Isner: Overcame Christian Harrison at the Atlanta Open

Isner holds off Harrison

John Isner survived a scare as Christian Harrison came desperately close to causing another shock at BB&T Atlanta Open.

Most Popular

Features

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

So long is a week in the sporting world, one can rise to fame while another can fall from grace.

Sit-down with Rafa

Sit-down with Rafa

Sign in to hear Rafael Nadal discuss his 2015 hopes, recent injury set-backs and the ATP Tour Finals.

Fed at his finest

Fed at his finest

Barry Cowan explains how Shanghai master Roger Federer is playing the best tennis of his stellar career.