Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Top seed and two-time finalist John Isner will
face former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the semifinals at the BB&T Atlanta
Isner fired 21 aces while edging fellow American James Blake in a pair of
tiebreaks, 7-1 and 7-5. The towering right-hander was a runner-up at this
tournament in 2010 and 2011, losing to countryman Mardy Fish both times.
Meanwhile, the seventh-seeded Hewitt fought back from a set down and finished
strong in a 1-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory over third-seeded Croat Ivan Dodig in the
first quarterfinal on Friday.
The Aussie beat Isner in three sets two weeks ago in the Newport semifinals.
Friday's other two quarterfinals will pit second-seeded South African Kevin
Anderson against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin and American Ryan Harrison against
Colombian Santiago Giraldo.
The Sports Network