Saturday, August 17, 2013

Isner stared match point in the eyes and lived to tell about it

Score one more for the good guys. John Isner is moving on to the 2013 Western & Southern Open's final match.

The American defeated Juan Martin Del Potro 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 on Center Court this afternoon in the semifinals. The win is redemption for Isner after losing to Del Potro in the Citi Open finals in Washington D.C. earlier this month. Yesterday he told reporters he felt "fresher" this time around, and it showed.

Isner did get a little help from the Argentinian halfway through the match, though. Up 40-30 and serving for the match, Del Potro double faulted and opened the door for Isner to break back, which he did. The momentum swung, Isner flexed toward the crowd, and never looked back. 

Tomorrow he'll face the Nadal-Berdych winner in an opportunity to win his first ATP Masters 1000 singles title, something no current American has on their resume. He's also the first current American to reach a Masters final since he did it back in 2012 at Indian Wells.

The 22-year-old will again rely on his fellow Americans in the crowd to will him to victory against tomorrow's opponent, as he has throughout the entire tournament. I think they're up for it, too.

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!