Thursday, August 15, 2013

Isner advances, Sloane goes home

Isner's grandfather wearing his grandson's ESPN: Body Issue photo

John Isner is moving on to the semis to face top seed Novak Djokovic. Isner gave Milos Raonic a much-needed break from tennis, winning their Thursday afternoon match 7-6, 6-4. 

Raonic wasn't at 100-percent, though; he called for a trainer early in the match to check out his shoulder. Isner said it was unfortunate for Raonic, but fortunate for him. "He didn't have his normal pop on his serve today like he usually does," he added.

The win will move Isner back into the top 20 after he slid down to No. 22 on Monday, creating an absence of American men in the top 20 of the ATP rankings for the first time since it began in 1973.

While Isner advances to play in the W&S quarterfinals, another American came up short in her quest to move forward. Sloane Stephens was knocked out by former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic. Sloane lost the last two sets, 7-5, 7-5, after winning the first, 6-4. She called it "a tough day," saying she didn't play her best and didn't serve well at all. Better now than at the Open, I guess.