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Isner wins another third-set tiebreaker, advances past Korda into quarters

John Isner held off Sebastian Korda in three tight sets on Thursday evening in Cincinnati. He will play Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, the No 4 seed, in the next round.

John Isner (USA) serves the ball against Cameron Norrie (GBR) during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center John Isner (USA) serves the ball against Cameron Norrie (GBR) during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center Credit: AI / Reuters / Panoramic

John Isner edged out wildcard Sebastian Korda 7-6(3), 1-6, 7-6(4) to move into the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters on Thursday evening. Isner fired 20 aces to advance after two hours and five minutes.

Tiebreakers, of course, are nothing new for Isner — in terms of both his entire career and this week in Cincinnati. The 37-year-old opened with a 7-6(11), 3-6, 7-6(4) victory over Benjamin Bonzi and then he defeated doubles partner Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-2.

Isner, ranked No 50, will play fourth-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday.

Cincinnati Masters 1000, other round of 16 results:

  • Marin Čilić vs. Carlos Alcaraz
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Jannik Sinner
  • Ben Shelton vs. Cameron Norrie
  • Borna Coric beat Roberto Bautista Agut (15): 6-2, 6-3
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Diego Schwartzman (13): 6-3, 6-3
  • Daniil Medvedev (1) beat Denis Shapovalov: 7-5, 7-5
  • Taylor Fritz (11) beat Andrey Rublev (6): 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-5
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