What’s it like returning a 140 mile per hour serve? Ask Andy Murray, the 4th seed from Scotland who was able to get through the torpedo-serving John Isner 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, (7 points to 2 in that fourth set tie-breaker).
The No. 4-seeded Murray neutralized No. 28 Isner’s big serve and used a variety of lobs, drop shots and pinpoint passing shots to win 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2) at the U.S. Open on Friday, reaching his fourth major semifinal this season.
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.
Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray began their fourth-round matches at the U.S. Open on Wednesday after getting an extra day of rest because of rain. Then, about 15 minutes into the action, they stopped again.
No surprise that the current top player in the world, Novak Djokovic, was named the top seed in the men’s draw, but the highest-seeded American player in the men’s draw will raise some eyebrows.
After Andy Roddick was ousted from the US Open in the second round, high hopes were redirected toward the three remaining American men.
John Isner had 19 aces and needed less than two hours to eliminate Portugal’s Frederico Gil 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday night.