Kyle Edmund failed to convert three match points on return at 5-6 in the second set before losing 7-6(5) 7-6(5) to John Isner. The fourth-seeded American hammered 25 aces to reach the semi-finals and improve to 3-1 in his Head-2-Head with Edmund.
Isner, who made his debut in Auckland in 2009, moved to the last four for the third time, as he did in 2010 and 2014. Whenever he clinched a spot in the semi-finals, he won the title here.
It’s hardly surprising that both sets included entertaining tennis and were decided in close tie-breaks. Edmund managed to dictate play hitting deep forehands and to even return Isner’s booming serve consistently. The British No.3 created nine break points throughout the match. However, the giant American saved them all, once even with a second serve ace.
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