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2012 Winston-Salem Open: John Isner Headed For Semifinal Showdown With Tsonga

Former Georgia tennis star John Isner is tuning up well at the Winston-Salem Open, and is headed for the semifinals against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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With the U.S. Open looming — the draw for the season's final major was released Thursday — former Georgia tennis star John Isner is certainly making the most of a hard court tuneup opportunity.

With his quarterfinal victory over Belgium's David Goffin in Thursday night's quarterfinal, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, Isner is headed to the semifinals of the Winston-Salem Open, where he will face the tournament's top seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Isner has had his ups and downs in Winston-Salem after receiving a first-round bye. In second-round action, Isner was taken the distance by Slovakia's Martin Klizan, but bested the unranked player, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

The Bulldog is now faced with the difficult task of facing Tsonga in Winston-Salem's semifinal. Tsonga has yet to drop a set during the tournament, and made quick work of No. 6 Marcel Granollers in Thursday's quarterfinal.

The other semifinal will feature Isner's fellow American Sam Querrey taking on Thomaz Berdych.

For more from the 2012 Winston-Salem Open, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated tennis hub.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.