John Isner reaches Citi semis

Updated: August 2, 2013, 11:40 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- This is the time of year that's generally been kindest to 6-foot-9 John Isner and his big serve.

Pounding balls at up to 142 mph, the highest-ranked American man hit 18 aces and never faced a break point Friday during a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus that put Isner in the Citi Open semifinals.

Isner won for the 10th time in his last 11 matches as he gets ready for the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 26 on hard courts similar to those used in Washington.

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