Isner digs deep to see off Harrison in Atlanta

Top seed John Isner dug deep to prevent Christian Harrison joining brother Ryan in the quarter-finals of the BB&T Atlanta Open.

John Isner, Tennis

Ryan Harrison began the day's action by beating Holland's fourth seed Igor Sijsling 6-4 6-3 to reach the last eight.

And 19-year-old Christian, making his ATP tour singles debut this week, went close to matching his 21-year-old sibling but fell just short against fellow American Isner, being edged out 7-6 (11/9) 4-6 7-5.

South African second seed Kevin Anderson was also pushed to three sets but came through 6-7 (7/9) 6-2 6-2 against Australian Matthew Ebden and will face Denis Istomin next after the Uzbekistan player defeated Chinese Taipei's fifth seed Lu Yen-hsun 7-5 6-2.

James Blake will take on Isner in an all-American quarter-final, having overcome Russian eighth seed Evgeny Donskoy 6-3 6-2, and Colombian Santiago Giraldo booked a clash with Ryan Harrison after fending off US player Michael Russell, who retired when trailing 5-7 6-3 3-0.



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