AP Photo/Jim Young, file

Isner Toughs Out 3-Set Win

October 18, 2018 - 4:04 pm
Categories: 

BC-TEN--Stockholm Open,1st Ld-Writethru

Oct 18, 2018 2:24PM (GMT 21:24) - 207 words

Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.

STOCKHOLM (AP) — John Isner was taken all the way by fellow American Bradley Klahn before winning his first match of the week at the Stockholm Open on Thursday.

The top-seeded Isner, who can still qualify for the end-of-season ATP Finals in London, toughed out a 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) victory in the second round after receiving a bye in the first round.

Isner led 5-0 and 6-2 in the final-set tiebreaker but Klahn, ranked No. 102, pulled the score back to 6-5. Isner then produced a big first serve on his fourth match point, which Klahn couldn't return.

"Who knows? Maybe I needed a match like this to get me going," said Isner, who fired 31 aces. "I think I was pretty fortunate tonight."

It was his first competitive match since losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the U.S. Open quarterfinals in early September. He has since become a father.

Fabio Fognini, the second seed, beat Lukas Lacko 6-4, 6-4, and there were also wins in the second round for Philipp Kohlschreiber and Tennys Sandgren.

___

More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports