Andy Roddick will face John Isner in a semifinal worthy of a final in the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station.
But it may have a hard time topping Friday’s nightcap between the top-seeded Isner and19-year-old Jack Sock, eight years his junior and playing in his first ATP quarterfinal.
Isner and Sock engaged in a slugfest of big serves, delicate drop shots, lost-in-the-lights lobs, unforced errors and surprising rallies that Isner won 7-6 (7), 6-4, after a rain delay of 1 hour, 4 minutes. The match ended at 12:41 a.m.
The Isner-Roddick semifinal is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday. Because of the late start and the delay, Isner said he might be at a disadvantage against Roddick, who has won nine of his past 10 matches. Isner has won seven consecutive.
“It’s going to be obviously tough,” Isner said. “He’s playing very well. We both don’t want to lose, that’s for sure. It’s going to be a very tough match.”
The other semifinal will feature Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller against
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