After seven match points saved, Benjamin Bonzi ended up cracking under the battering of John Isner. The Frenchman, 48th in the world, was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Newport tournament, in three sets (7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 7-6 ). The four-time tournament winner, 37, had the last laugh after missing the mark in the second set. In the tie-break, the rain came and disrupted the machine to hit aces (29 this Thursday evening). After the interruption of about twenty minutes, Benjamin Bonzi, current second best French player, took the opportunity to recall a set everywhere.
In the third set, Benjamin Bonzi seemed more fit but failed to break the American giant (2.08m). He totally missed his start to the tie-break (6-1), but scored four consecutive points before cracking. He also lets slip valuable points in his race to obtain a seeded status at the US Open.
In the semi-finals, Isner will face the number 4 seed of the American tournament, Maxime Cressy. The Franco-American fought in three sets to overcome the American Steve Johnson (6-7 6-4, 6-4).