Americans Andy Roddick and John Isner have both advanced to the semifinals of the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina. Roddick rolled over Juan Monaco of Argentina, 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday, while Isner, a native of nearby Greensboro, N.C., beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, setting up the all-American semifinals matchup.
“I’ve won the first sets pretty handily this week,” Roddick said. “I’ve been anxious to play and I’ve been ready to play and that sets the tone for the match. You kind of give yourself a good look in the second set and he’s feeling a little more pressure.”
On the other side of the draw, the winner of the Isner-Roddick matchup will face either qualifier Julien Bennetau from France or the number 10 seed Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Bennetau defeated the ninth-seeded Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine, 3-6, 7-6(9), 6-2, while Haase took care of another Ukranian, Alexandr Dolgopolov, 6-4, 6-4.
“Somebody turned up the heat today and the humidity is what really bothered me,” said Isner. “I’m a big guy and I’m expending more energy than my opponents because of how much I weigh and I’m sweating bullets out there. It takes a lot out of me.”