American tennis star John Isner insists that fellow compatriot Jack Sock is an incredble talent. Isner, ranked at No. 35 in the world, clashed former world No. 8 Sock at the Atlanta Open on Thursday. Sock, now ranked at No. 201 in the world, competed well but ultimately fell short as Isner won 7-6 (6) 6-4.
Isner saved a set point in the first set tie-break, before realizing his first set point to win a tight opener. In the second set, Isner earned the first break of the match in the ninth game and served out for the match in the 10th game.
"We all know Jack's an incredible talent. Much like my last opponent in the first round, he's had a lot of back luck with injuries, so he's working his way back up," Isner said in an on-court interview, per the ATP website.
"Everyone knows he's way better than his current ranking. It's good to have him back, because of course the fans love watching him play. It's just a shame that him and I had to play here in the Round of 16. "But for me, I'm very, very happy with how I played tonight.
I thought I played excellent. Hopefully I can keep it going."
Isner plays Christopher O'Connell next
World No. 132 O'Connell stunned No. 2 seed Jannik Sinner 7-6 (7) 6-4 to reach the Atlanta quarterfinal. “I got here last Wednesday, so I’ve been acclimatising for the past week or so.
I felt pretty comfortable out there,” O’Connell said in his on-court interview. “Maybe I was a little off early on, but as I got into the swing of the match I felt pretty comfortable”. Sinner entered the match as the favorite but ended up losing.
“I struggled a little bit with that when I was a bit younger,” O’Connell said of facing higher-ranked opponents. “But I’m 27 now, so I need to start making some inroads. I feel confident at the moment”.
Meanwhile, Cameron Norrie beat Nick Kyrgios 6-1 6-4. "It's very nice to be back here in Atlanta," Norrie said in his on-court interview. "It's good to have Nick back... really enjoyed the match and really happy with my level."
Last week, Norrie claimed his maiden ATP title in Los Cabos. "It's cool to be playing at this level and [I am] happy and satisfied to be getting some wins," Norrie said. "I'm enjoying my tennis."