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.
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