Former Bulldog Isner Advances To LA Tennis Open Quarterfinals
Jul 30, 2009 by Georgia Sports Communications
LOS ANGELES——-Former Georgia tennis standout John Isner advanced to the quarterfinals of the LA Tennis Open with a 6-3, 7-6(11) win over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus Wednesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA.
On Tuesday, Isner downed Germany’s No. 7 seed and 44th-ranked Benjamin Becker, the former Baylor NCAA singles champion who helped lead the Bears to the 2004 NCAA team title.
Isner, ranked No. 77, will face Australia’s Carsten Ball Friday. The semifinals will be held Saturday followed by the final round on Sunday. The final three rounds of the ATP tournament will be shown on ESPN2 and the Tennis Channel.
In its 83rd year, the LA Tennis Open is the longest running annual professional sporting event in Los Angeles.
Last week, Isner reached the semifinals of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships with three victories including an upset of the No. 8 seed Denis Istomin.
A native of Greensboro, N.C., Isner was a four-time All-American for the Bulldogs from 2004-07 and led Georgia to the the 2007 NCAA title. Isner holds the school record for wins in singles and doubles, going 143-28 in singles and 140-25 in doubles.
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