Wu Yibing overcame a ferocious bombardment from John Isner to turn out to be the primary Chinese language man to win an ATP Tour title on the Dallas Open on Sunday. The 23-year-old from Hangzhou saved 4 match factors earlier than claiming a 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (14/12) victory in slightly below three hours to clinch his maiden ATP victory.
Wu, who has surged up the worldwide rankings up to now yr from 1,869th final March to 97th on the earth, collapsed on court docket in delight following his victory.
It got here after a pulsating battle with the big-serving Isner, who had threatened to overwhelm the Chinese language participant with a barrage of 44 aces throughout the contest.
Isner’s eye-popping ace tally was only one in need of the all-time document for aces in a three-set ATP Tour match of 45 set by Ivo Karlovic in 2015.
“I made historical past right here for my nation. I’m very happy with myself,” Wu mentioned in on-court remarks following his win.
“It was a really powerful match at the moment. I’m going through, I don’t know, 100 aces.”
Isner in the meantime paid tribute to Wu’s efficiency after the defeat.
“You’re gonna be a really, very vivid spot for the game of tennis into the longer term,” Isner mentioned.
The 37-year-old Isner was left ruing a golden likelihood to clinch his seventeenth title after squandering a match level within the second set when he led 30-40 and 6-5 on Wu’s serve.
With the court docket at his mercy, Isner sunk a return into the web and Wu survived earlier than happening to stage with victory within the tie-break to arrange a decider.
After neither participant was capable of engineer a service break within the opening two units, the sample continued within the third with the sport going serve to arrange one other tie-breaker.
Isner had one other match level alternative after taking a 6/5 lead within the breaker, however once more was unable to take benefit.
Each gamers saved match factors as the stress mounted, earlier than Wu ultimately earned his fifth match level at 13-12 within the tie-breaker on Isner’s serve.
Wu did effectively to get tempo on his backhanded return of a large serve by Isner, and the American yanked his forehand excessive and lengthy at hand Wu victory.
The win is one other spectacular milestone for Wu, who final yr grew to become the primary participant from China to succeed in the third spherical of the US Open.
Wu’s emergence within the skilled ranks follows a profitable profession as a junior, the place he was an Australian Open singles semi-finalist in 2017 earlier than happening to win the boys singles crown on the US Open later that yr.
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