July 22, 2013

Venus Williams’ countryman, John Isner, has made his way into the quarter final of the ongoing Newport ATP 2013 by defeating Adrian Mannarino of France. Isner won the match in the straight sets by 6-0, 7-6(7).

It was a comfortable victory for the 28 years old American. He bossed the entire contest.

This was the 4th match between these two players and Isner defeated Mannarino for the first time.

The last time that these two players had taken on each other was in the recently played Wimbledon Championships. Isner had to leave that match in the middle because of an injury.

Isner made a rollicking start to the match. He was on fire in the opening set. He just took his opponent apart with some high quality strokes and won the first 6 games in a row to clinch the set in absolutely no time.

In the next set, Mannarino lifted the standard of his game. He didn’t let Isner get away with easy points.

There were no breakthroughs in the first 12 games in the second set and the scores were tied at 6-6 when the 12th game finished. The set went into the tie breaker.

Mannarino kept matching Isner shot for shot in the tie breaker as well, but, towards the end, he got just a little bit nervous and committed a couple of unforced errors to lose the tie breaker and the match as well.

Talking to the reporters in the post match interview, Isner said, “Adrian pulled things back really well in the second set. It could have gone either way at the end. It was important for me to stay focussed and fortunately, I managed to do that.”

In the quarter final round, Isner will take on Ivo Karlovic of Croatia.