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Isner Beats Simon To Reach US Open Quarterfinals

John Isner of the United States reacts against Gilles Simon of France during Day Eleven of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2011. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

John Isner of the United States reacts against Gilles Simon of France during Day Eleven of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2011. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — American John Isner won three tiebreakers to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the U.S. Open.

The 28th-seeded Isner beat France’s Gilles Simon 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) in three hours, 39 minutes Thursday in a match delayed two days by rain. Isner will face fourth-ranked Andy Murray.

The 12th-seeded Simon had a chance to serve out the first set and had set points in the fourth, but the big-serving Isner is tough to beat once he gets into tiebreakers, coming in with a 30-19 record this year.

The 26-year-old Isner is most famous for his marathon Wimbledon match last year but now has a chance to be known as a major semifinalist. With Andy Roddick also winning, there are two American men in the U.S. Open quarters for the first time since 2008.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.