American veteran John Isner lost a heartbreaking five-set match against fellow American Michael Mmoh. Prior to the tournament, Isner announced that the US Open would be the final tournament of his career. Mmoh recovered from two sets down to defeat Isner 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (7).
Isner will long be remembered for two things: playing the longest-ever tennis match and for serving aces. In fact, Isner holds the record for most aces in a match and for the most career aces on the ATP tour.
In addition to these records, Isner established himself as a big threat on both the singles and doubles court. Isner’s biggest singles victory occurred in 2018 when he won the 1000 event in Miami. In doubles, Isner won five masters events, including completing the Sunshine Double last year.
John Isner’s Big Serving Legacy
Isner was the highest-ranked American for many years. Isner now passes the torch to Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz, Sebastian Korda, and a number of other young talents. The United States is still looking for its first singles major winner since Andy Roddick won the US Open in 2003.
Women’s and Men’s Favorites March On
Day 4 saw many of the favorites in the women’s advance. Americans Jessica Pegula and Madison Keys cruised in their matches on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Major champions Aryna Sabalenka and Marketa Vondrousova advanced in straight sets, whereas other seeds Elina Svitolina, Ons Jabeur, and Daria Kasatkina won in three sets.
On the Men’s side, Carlos Alcaraz, Jannik Sinner, and Daniil Medvedev moved through without too much difficulty. Fan-favorite veterans Andy Murray and Gael Monfils were unable to upset their seeded opponents.