John Isner, the hard-serving tall American who might have been a solid pick to make a deep dive into the men’s draw after making the finals last year at the BNP Paribas Open, instead had a short stay at the event this year.
Isner won a tiebreaker in the first set of his match against Lleyton Hewitt of Australian, but Hewitt seemed to have control of the match after that and won the last two sets for a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory over the No. 15 seeded Isner.
Isner’s big serve was certainly on display Saturday, with one of his serves in the first set reaching 138 mph. By comparison, Hewitt’s biggest serve was just 117 mph. But Isner seemed frustrated with his ground strokes throughout the match and his serve was a bit conistent at time.
Hewitt was equally as frustrated at times, once firing a ball into a courtside sign in anger. But Hewitt managed to control the pace of play most of the match and moved Isner around the baseline almost at will.
Hewitt will advance to take on Stan Wawrinka in his next match.