John Isner finally has a victory to his name in 2019 after overcoming Bernard Tomic at the New York Open.
The American started his season with first-round defeats in Auckland and the Australian Open. In fact, he was on a six-match losing streak as he also lost his final four matches of the 2018 campaign.
However, the drought is over as he beat Tomic 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 in the second round in Uniondale.
Australian Tomic put up plenty of resistance as there were no breaks of serve in the opening set before Isner won the tie-breaker while a break in game 10 of the second set proved to be decisive.
“I’m happy to be in the quarter-finals. Last year I lost my first match here, hopefully I continue to improve,” Isner, who will take on another Australian in Jordan Thompson next.
The seventh-seeded Thompson beat Christopher Eubanks 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Steve Johnson, though, is out as the third-seeded American suffered a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) defeat at the hands of Canadian qualifier Brayden Schnur.
.@BraydenSchnur 🇨🇦 upsets no. 3 seed Steve Johnson 🇺🇸 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4) despite still recovering from the flu.
— New York Open (@NewYorkOpen) February 14, 2019
Radu Albot outlasted Ivo Karlovic as the Moldovan beat the 39-year-old Croatian 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) in two hours and 21 minutes while Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan defeated American Mackenzie McDonald 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
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