By Janes Heber
Last modification: May 7, 2021, 04:36 PM
Yes, of course John Isner benefits like any other player from his serving breakout. But if the American American feels himself, he can properly submerge Isner from baseline. It also happened in the quarter-finals against Dominic Thiem at the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid. The 15: 2 winning hits showed the balance after the first set in favor of Isner, who chose a very offensive position in the rally. And his opponent repeatedly ran into trouble.
However, the decisive break of the first set did not happen without the help of Tim, who immediately lost his first match in the service. In his success in the round of 16 against Andrey Rublev, Isner couldn’t get a single breakout opportunity – but that didn’t change the fact that the 2.08-meter giants had won the tiebreakers in the first and third sets. Before that, Roberto Bautista Agut and Myomir Keikmanovic were desperate for John Eisner.
In the semi-final against Zverev or Nadal
In the second set, Tim had to free himself from the 15:40 gap when the score was 2: 2, blocking another breakout opportunity, and was unable to take advantage of many opportunities to win the match. After just under an hour of play, they managed to score 3-2. The Austrian’s bonus was immediate: Tim got his first balls with two strong returns, making it 4: 2. After 73 minutes, Dominic Thiem was able to equalize the set.
In decision, Tim found a chance in Isner’s first serve match, in which the front kick knocked out from the inside out. Tim fought for the following chances in the tenth game – and scored 5: 4 after a superb defensive rally. Nicholas Maso, Alex Stauber and his brother Moritz celebrated accordingly on Thiem-Box. Tim served safely, making it his fourth semi-final in Madrid.
In the semi-final on Saturday, the winner of the match is now waiting between Raphael Nadal And the Alexander Zverev. Nadal is the record winner in Madrid, but Zverev has already succeeded in the Spanish capital in 2018. He has won the last two games against Nadal.
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