American John Isner came back from a set deficit to earn a hard-fought victory over Robin Hasse of Netherlands in three gruelling sets with a 3-6 7-6 (4) 7-5 scoreline.
Robin Hasse played extremely well till the twelfth game of the final set, where he lost his concentration and sent an easy forehand into the net and another one over the line to lose a hard-fought battle to the American John Isner. With this win, Isner secured his berth in the last eight of the Heineken Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event, being played here in Auckland, New Zealand. Isner earned the win in three sets with a 3-6 7-6 (4) 7-5 scoreline.
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Hasse earned the easy break in the third game of the first set and maintained the lead till the end to go one set up in the match. The second-set saw the best of both contenders, as they played fantastically to hold on to their serves and the 2nd set went into a tie-breaker, which was won by Isner. The trend continued in the final set too, as both held on to their serves, until Hasse committed two unforced errors on the twelfth game to lose the match.
Earlier in the day, former World No. 3 David Nalbandian of Argentina earned an easy straight sets victory over the German Philipp Petzschner to reach the quarter-finals. David Ferrer of Spain rallied past Tobias Kamke of Germany with a 3-6 7-6 6-4 scoreline and Philipp Kohlschriber defeated the Spaniard Marcel Granollers with a 6-4 3-6 6-2 scoreline to secure his berth in the quarterfinals. Before Isner’s match, Adrian Mannarino of France defeated his compatriot Arnaud Clement in straight sets with a 7-5 6-4 scoreline to surge further in the tournament.