All-American quarterfinal play awaits fans today at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open in Newport, R.I., where on Friday top-seeded John Isner will square off against fellow American Dennis Novikov, and American Bjorn Fratangelo will face No. 4 seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Novikov is a former USTA Boys’ 18s national hardcourt champion, and Fratangelo a former French Open juniors winner. The winners will meet in the Saturday quarterfinals.
The other semifinals were set on Thursday when Peter Gojowczyk upset No. 2-seeded defending champion Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5), 6-7(1), 7-6(4), saving a match point.
“I’m very happy. It’s my second [semifinal],” said Gojowczyk. “I was once in 2013 in Doha. I was there, playing well, too, and now I’m here in Newport and enjoying it.”
Karlovic rained down 30 aces during the contest.
“In the end it didn’t go my way. That’s life, that’s tennis,” the 38-year-old Karlovic said. “That’s how it goes sometimes. I was not really moving well…Serve was good. Volleys were OK so I have to look at the positives and continue with my journey.”
In the semis the No. 131-ranked Gojowczyk will meet Aussie Matthew Ebden, who reached his first ATP quarterfinal after defeating Tobias Kamke 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 win over Tobias Kamke.
Prior to the Saturday semifinals the Newport Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, inducting Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick, will be live on Tennis Channel starting at 11:30 a.m. EST.
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