Isner sets up Cilic clash after taking out Wawrinka

John Isner was in imperious form as he overcame No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka 76(1) 64 in the third round at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Thursday.

The tall American not only nailed 19 aces in an excellent serving display, but he was also hitting the lines with his gigantic forehand.

“It’s pretty crazy. Been in the same tournaments with Stan for years now, and last time I played him was six years ago,” Isner said.

“I thought I played pretty well out there. It’s a situation for me where I’m going out there against the No. 3 player in the world. Maybe I have a little bit less to lose than he does. I went out there with the belief that if I played well and executed my game plan that I could walk off that court with a win. That’s what happened today.”

For Wawrinka this latest loss means he heads to Roland Garros with a 2-3 win-loss record on clay in 2017 and with a lot of work to do if he is to challenge for the title there once again.

Isner’s quarterfinal opponent will be Marin Cilic, who beat the Monte Carlo semifinalist David Goffin 63 64 on Next Gen Arena.

Canada’s Milos Raonic produced an aggressive display of tennis to take out the No. 12 seed Tomas Berdych 63 62 in 62 minutes. He will face Fabio Fognini’s conqueror Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals.