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John Isner to defend title

Updated: August 24, 2012, 9:32 PM ET
Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Defending champion John Isner advanced to the Winston-Salem Open final Friday, beating France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 7-6 (7-3).

Isner, seeded third and ranked 10th, will face seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, a 6-4, 6-3 winner over seventh-seeded Sam Querrey in the final hard-court tournament before the U.S. Open.

Isner, from nearby Greensboro, had 24 aces against the top-seeded Tsonga to reach his fourth final of the season. The ...

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