John Isner takes on the flamboyant Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the last four of the Toronto Masters later today.
Gasquet is looking to reach the Rogers Cup final for the second time after his fine run back in 2006 when he came runner-up to Roger Federer. The Frenchman totally outplayed fourth seed Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2 on Friday afternoon before hitting back from a set down for an impressive 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over 2011 finalist Mardy Fish.
Isner has turned his season around after a slump during the clay and grass court seasons and he's been looking extremely sharp over the past month. He saw off Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round in a lengthy three setter before ending the dreams of Canadian fans by topping Milos Raonic 7-6, 6-4 in the quarters.
Raonic had been given a walkover into the quarter-finals after Andy Murray pulled out but Isner felt he wasn't at a disadvantage going into their clash after having to beat Kohlschreiber.
"I felt all right out there, and I thought I would feel fine," he said. "The way I looked at it is I was at a bit of an advantage, in my opinion, because he hadn't played in a few days. I played a match just earlier, a match I could have lost, 6-4 in the third set. Any time you win a match like that it sort of gives you confidence, so I went out there telling myself I had nothing to lose.
But I was feeling pretty good. So although he may have been a little bit fresher, I guess I was a little bit more in tune with the tournament."
Isner and Gasquet are 1-1 on the head-to-head but they've never played each other on outdoor hard courts in the past.
Prediction: Isner in two.