John Isner takes on Andy Roddick in a blockbuster clash of the big servers at ATP Atlanta on Saturday night.
Isner battled past young wildcard Jack Sock 7-6(7), 6-4 late on Friday in a tough quarter-final where Sock showed all the potential he has. Isner led 4-1 in the opening set before the rain fell and surprisingly it was the experienced top seed who was affected more by the delay. Sock hit back, troubling the big man with his persistent drop shots and occasional vicious forehand winners but crucially he double faulted twice in the tiebreak and Isner took full advantage.
“I came out flat after the rain delay,” Isner said. “Had it not rained I think I could have won the first set a little more easily. That took a little out of me. He’s (Sock's) got a big game. He hits the ball huge. He’s only going to keep getting better. He’s got a lot of good things ahead of him.”
Roddick eased past Michael Russell 6-3, 6-4 in the quarters and knowing how much Isner hates the humidity in Atlanta, Roddick will be hoping to try and drag him into a slugfest and keep him out there. His performance against Russell boded well for his chances as he smashed down 12 aces and won 86% of his first serve points.
Prediction: Roddick in three.