John Isner had to dig deep to pull out a 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over Andrey Kuznetsov on Tuesday night in the second round of the Winston-Salem Open.
Isner, currently ranked No. 14, gave credit to a large crowd at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex for their support, on a hot and humid night that left him completely drained.
The win moved the 3rd seeded Isner into a third round match on Wednesday night against 14th seeded Borna Coric.
It also moved Isner to a perfect 13-0 all-time in the Winston-Salem Open; he won the titles in 2011 and 2012, and won two matches in 2014 before being forced to withdraw because of injury.
It was the 350th match win of Isner’s career.
45th ranked Kyle Edmund is through to the third round of the Winston-Salem Open after defeating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.
British No. 2 Edmund, overcame Medvedev 2-6 6-2 7-6 (8-6) in North Carolina and will play Marton Fucsovics in the last 16.
Fellow Briton Aljaz Bedene, ranked 48th in the world lost 6-4 7-5 to Italy’s Andreas Seppi.
In other matches Winston-Salem Open, top seeded Roberto Bautista Agut beat Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-3; sixth-seeded Steve Johnson beat Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-3 and Julien Benneteau beat second-seeded defending champion Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-3.
Bautista Agut was broken three times during the course of the match, but he broke back immediately each time and wound up five of eight in break opportunities.
Johnson notched his first victory of the summer hard-court season, after going out in the first round at Montreal and Cincinnati in the past two weeks. He had lost his first match in Washington prior to that.
He won seven straight games at one point in the match and his only regret was not being able to serve out the match at 5-1 in the second set. He had 11 aces and saved six of seven break points.
Benneteau pulled the stunner in the final match of the night, dominating the third set to oust Carreno Busta, the defending champion in a two-hour, 40-minute marathon. Benneteau had 20 break opportunities for the night, and converted five.