Seeded Isner beaten in 2nd round of ASB Classic | AP sports

Annette Crawford
January 11, 2019

The 21-year-old exhibited his big-point prowess again on Wednesday, upsetting top seed and No. 10 John Isner 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) at the ASB Classic for his second Top 10 win.

"It feels great. John's beat me twice before and I really wanted to get the win on him" Fritz said after downing the world number 10. Isner had the opportunity to change the course of the match when he created two break points in the third game of the second set but Fritz saved them to stay on the positive side of the scoreboard, with no more chances for the returners in the rest of the set before they set another tie break, a must-win one for John.

The big American pulled the break back instantly with a forehand victor at the net after a well-constructed attack, with both players serving well in the remaining six games to set up a tie break where Taylor forged the lead with a mini-break in the very first point.

The 23-year-old saved all six break points faced to battle past his Portuguese opponent 7-6 (5), 6-4 in an hour and 35 minutes. "We had a lot of close points, and it just feels really good to get through that", he said.

The second set went to a tiebreak without a service break, with Fritz saving the only break point of the set in the third game.

He won all five points on serve with a victor, scoring another mini-break at 5-3 before closing the breaker and the set in the 10th point with an unreturned serve.

This time Isner broke back for 4-4 but Fritz took a point against serve again at 6-4, sweeping a backhand victor across court as Isner advanced on the net. Fritz again took the early advantage, gaining a mini break on the third point and serving for a 4-1 lead.

The second set was an even tighter affair - with neither player managing a break - before Isner held a strong game at 6-6. "I like to thing one of the strengths of my game is playing under pressure and handling those big moments well".

"More often than not, the matches I lose, that's where I get let down".

Former world number three Ferrer has retired from Grand Slams but is making a few appearances at his favourite ATP tournaments in 2019, with Auckland first on the list.

Elsewhere, Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Ugo Humbert of France 6-4, 6-4 to set up a quarter-final against Fognini.

The home town player came from 5-1 down in the first set of that first round match to claim a 7-5 6-3 victory.

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