Top seed John Isner beaten by Taylor Fritz in Auckland second round

Top seed Isner beaten by Fritz in Auckland

The world No 10 has been upset by compatriot Taylor Fritz 7-6 (3) 7-6 (5) in a big serving battle. Top-seeded John Isner has been eliminated in the second round of the ATP Tour's ASB Classic, losing 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) to fellow American Taylor Fritz.

Both players traded a single break in the first set, but Fritz had the edge immediately in the shortened format.

The 21-year-old will face a quarterfinal against the victor of Wednesday's match between Portugal's Joao Sousa and Cameron Norrie, an Auckland-raised player now based in England and playing under the Great Britain flag. "We had a lot of close points and it just feels really good to get through that", world number 50 Fritz said.

Taylor saved a break point already in the second game with a service victor and he converted the third break chance in the fifth game, moving 3-2 up when John sprayed a forehand error.

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.

Taylor grabbed the first advantage after a short backhand cross court victor in the third point but Isner pulled it back with a strong forehand attack in the eighth point for a 4-4. Nonetheless, Fritz secured another mini-break with a deep return at 5-4 and he sealed the deal when John sprayed a backhand error in the 12th point to prevail in straight sets and reach the last eight.

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Clarke looked to be fighting back in the second, breaking Sonego in the opening game, but could not hold on to the lead and was immediately broken back.

Fritz won more tiebreaks in 2018 than any other player and he put that ability to good use Wednesday to claim his fourth win over a top-20 player. "I knew I could", said Fritz. "More often than not in the matches I lose, that's where I get let down".

Carreno Busta had an armchair ride into the quarter-finals when Ferrer succumbed to injury just three games into their match.

New Zealander Rubin Statham was beaten in straight sets by Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany, while New Zealand-born Cameron Norrie of Great Britain won his second round match against Joao Sousa of Portugal in straight sets.

Elsewhere, No. 2 seed Fabio Fognini beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to set up a meeting with former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber, who progressed after a comfortable 6-4, 6-4 win over Ugo Humpert.

After receiving medical attention, he returned to the court to play one more point before withdrawing.



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