John Isner beaten by Taylor Fritz at ASB Classic

Top seed Isner beaten by Fritz in Auckland

Top seed Isner beaten by Fritz in Auckland

Another multiple Auckland champion John Isner has failed to reach the quarters, suffering a tight 7-6, 7-6 loss against the young compatriot Taylor Fritz in an hour and 39 minutes for his fourth failure in the last six matches at the ASB Classic!

On a good day for young Americans, Tennys Sandgren of the United States beat third-seeded Marco Cecchinato of Italy 6-3, 6-3.

Isner was seen as a strong contender to take out this year's tournament after the withdrawal of other high-profile stars Tomas Berdych, Gael Monfils and last year's victor Roberto Bautista Agut.

Both players have massive serves - Isner served a staggering 26 aces - but Fritz had the edge on the big points.

"It feels great", Fritz said. "John's beaten me twice before and it was close. We had a lot of close points, and it just feels really good to get through that".

Just like in the opener, the German broke at 15 at the start of the second set following a backhand error from the 20-year-old and this was all he needed to seal the deal, winning 19 straight points on serve for a mighty impressive win, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the tournament as well.

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Fritz gained a mini break at 4-1, before two consecutive aces brought Isner back into contention at 4-4.

Fritz won 70 per cent (21-9) of the tie-breaks he played in 2018, third on the ATP Tour, according to the FedEx ATP Performance Zone, behind only reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev (74%, 17-6) and Brisbane International champion Kei Nishikori (77%, 17-5). Fritz again took the early advantage, gaining a mini break on the third point and serving for a 4-1 lead.

Taylor grabbed the first advantage after a short backhand cross court victor in the third point but Isner pulled it back with a strong forehand attack in the eighth point for a 4-4. "I like to thing one of the strengths of my game is playing under pressure and handling those big moments well". "More often than not in the matches I lose, that's where I get let down".

Britain's Cameron Norrie beat Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 and Argentinian Leonardo Meyer came from behind to down Italy's Matteo Berrettini 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3.

Top seed and two-time champion John Isner is out of the ASB Classic tennis tournament after his first match.

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