Gerasimov Upsets Isner In Three Tie-Breaks In Chengdu
Shapovalov beats Klahn in third-set tie-break
Gerasimov struck 24 aces to Isner’s 35 aces to record a 6-7(11), 7-6(5), 7-6(4) second-round victory in two hours and 32 minutes. Gerasimov won 87 per cent of his first-service points (71/82), while top seed Isner won 84 per cent (76/90).
"I’m feeling great after beating another guy from the Top 20," said Gerasimov. "I’ve been working hard and I feel comfortable here on the courts in Chengdu."
Isner failed to convert set points at 6/4, 7/6, 9/8 and 11/10 in the first-set tie-break, while he saved set points at 7/8 and 9/10. Gerasimov, who beat Matteo Berrettini en route to last week’s St. Petersburg Open semi-finals, could not convert two set points on Isner’s serve when leading 6-5 in the second set. But Gerasimov clinched the set on his fifth set point in the second-set tie-break and later won the first three points of the third-set tie-break.
The 26-year-old will next play eighth-seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who scraped past American qualifier Bradley Klahn 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) in two hours and two minutes. Shapovalov hit 13 aces and won 81 per cent of his first-service points.
Earlier in the day, Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta overcame third-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in 78 minutes and now plays Chile’s Cristian Garin, who won by the same scoreline against Fernando Verdasco of Spain.