Isner throws tantrum, reaches semifinals at Paris Masters
John Isner won a hardfought all-American contest against Jack Sock 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-4 after throwing a big tantrum in the Paris Masters quarterfinals on Friday. Isner looked set for a straightsets win when he served a break up at 4-3 in the second set but lost his cool after a foot-fault call.
Isner, who had not dropped his serve once since the start of the week, was unsettled by the decision. He shouted at umpire Damien Dumusois, hit a double fault, and was broken twice in a row, allowing Sock back in the match. But the change in momentum did not last long. Isner, who hit 17 aces, capitalized on Sock’s mistakes to break him twice early in the decider.
The 27th-ranked Isner equaled his best result at the indoor tournament, making it to the last four for the first time in five years in the French capital. Isner will play in the semifinals of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time since April 2015.