John Isner, Reilly Opelka and Jenson Brooksby Advance; Marcos Giron Upsets No. 1 Seed Taylor Fritz

John Isner, Reilly Opelka and Jenson Brooksby Advance; Marcos Giron Upsets No. 1 Seed Taylor Fritz

2022 Dallas Open Semifinals Set
John Isner, Reilly Opelka and Jenson Brooksby Advance;
Marcos Giron Upsets No. 1 Seed Taylor Fritz
DALLAS, Feb. 11, 2022 – Quarterfinal matches for the 2022 Dallas Open were completed Friday at the Styslinger/Altec Tennis Complex on the campus of SMU. Three of the top four seeds advanced to the semifinals during a day of tennis that had no lack of competitive spirit, and for the first time since February of 2004 at San Jose, there will be four Americans in the semifinals of an ATP Tour event.
Tournament third seed and Dallas resident John Isner defeated qualifier Vasek Pospisil in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Isner won 81 percent (39/48) of his first serve points, including 19 aces. The match lasted one hour and six minutes.
“It helped to get a few matches under my belt, including doubles yesterday,” Isner said. “I was feeling the ball better tonight. I’m definitely more confident and more relaxed out there. I’m in a pretty good rhythm right now.”
Isner will face No. 2 seed Reilly Opelka in a tournament semifinal, as the 24-year-old American beat France’s Adrian Mannarino, 6-3, 6-4 in 55 minutes. Opelka dominated his first serve points, winning 36-of-38 for 95 percent, including 17 aces.
The Isner-Opelka semifinal will take place on Saturday at 4 p.m. on the Stadium Court. Isner will also play in a doubles semifinal with fellow American Jack Sock vs. Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara during the evening session on Saturday.
The first match of the day saw fourth-seeded Jensen Brooksby defeat Australia’s Jordan Thompson in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. Brooksby won 75 percent (36/48) of his first serve points, and was 3-for-3 on break points saved.
No. 7 seed Marcos Giron advanced to his second career ATP Tour semifinal in upsetting No. 1 seed Taylor Fritz, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3). Giron came back after losing the second set and falling behind 4-2 in the third set. He saved 11-of-14 break points in the match, including two key saves in the third set. Giron never trailed in the tie-breaker and won the final three points for the victory.
Both players are based in Los Angeles and both train in nearby Carson, Calif.; the two know each other’s game well.
“Fritz is an incredible server and an incredible player,” Giron said. “He was serving for (the win) twice; I had to break him twice in the third. We practice about 50 times a year and we know each other’s game. It was a lot of fun to finish that one off. To be honest, I play a lot of three-setters, so I feel like I have a lot of experience playing in the third but after surviving there in the end and being able to break him, I felt like I had momentum. I just took it one point at a time.”
Brooksby and Giron will face off in Saturday evening’s semifinal match that will begin at 7 p.m. on the Stadium Court.
In quarterfinal doubles, the American duo of Sam Querrey and Jackson Withrow defeated Andre Goransson and Nathaniel Lammons, 7-6(4), 7-6(3). Lloyd Glasspool of Great Britain and Harri Heliovaara of Finland beat the Mexican pair of Hans Hach Verdugo and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela, 6-1, 7-6(3). Glasspool and Heliovaara will face Isner and Jack Sock in a doubles semifinal on Saturday evening after the Brooksby-Giron singles semifinal match.
Saturday’s Session 11 will begin at 2 p.m. (gates open at 1 p.m.), while Session 12 will start at 7 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.).
DALLAS OPEN RESULTS – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2022
Men’s Singles –
Quarterfinals
[7] M. Giron (USA) d [1] T. Fritz (USA) 64 36 76(3)
[2] R. Opelka (USA) d [5] A. Mannarino (FRA) 63 64
[3] J. Isner (USA) d [Q] V. Pospisil (CAN) 64 64
[4] J. Brooksby (USA) d J. Thompson (AUS) 63 60
Men’s Doubles –
Quarterfinals
S. Querrey (USA) / J. Withrow (USA) d A. Goransson (SWE) / N. Lammons (USA)
76(4) 76(3)
L. Glasspool (GBR) / H. Heliovaara (FIN) d H. Hach Verdugo (MEX) / M. Reyes-Varela (MEX) 61 76(4)
ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2022
STADIUM COURT start 2:00 pm
[1] M. Arevalo (ESA) / J. Rojer (NED) vs S. Querrey (USA) / J. Withrow (USA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
[3] J. Isner (USA) vs [2] R. Opelka (USA)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[7] M. Giron (USA) vs [4] J. Brooksby (USA)
[WC] J. Isner (USA) / J. Sock (USA) vs L. Glasspool (GBR) / H. Heliovaara (FIN)
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