Drenched & Exhausted, Isner's Multiple Wardrobe Changes
Big-serving American reveals what it took to reach Acapulco semi-finals
You may often wonder what players have in their bags as they walk out onto court. In the early hours of Friday morning, moments after beating John Millman 7-6(2), 6-7(4), 7-6(4), John Isner shed some light on the subject after he booked his place in the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC semi-finals.
Shortly after 2:30 a.m. local time, the American explained, “I feel very tired, 2:30 in the morning. I think I went through 10 shirts, 14 hats, two shoes, three pairs of shorts and three pairs of socks.”
Isner grit his teeth and fired down 38 aces in the final match of the day, saving two set points at 3-5, 15/40 in the first set of his victory over eighth seed Millman in three hours and six minutes on Cancha Central.
The third-seeded Isner will now play Nick Kyrgios on Friday. The pair is even at 2-2 in its FedEx ATP Head2Head series. “We’ve played a handful of times, I’ve seen his matches this week,” said Isner. “I’ve won a couple, he’s won a couple. He’s an incredible talent, everyone knows that. So it will be a fun match.”