Johnson edges Isner in 2 tiebreakers

(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) Trailing in a tiebreaker against top-seeded John Isner, Steve Johnson managed to put a 146 mph serve into play and then decided to try something even more audacious: lob his 6-foot-10 opponent.

Much to Johnson's surprise, the looping backhand worked, winning the point. Hanging in there against the big-serving Isner, Johnson weathered a total of 12 set points and withstood 29 aces to win their all-American quarterfinal at the Citi Open 7-6 (7), 7-6 (15) on Friday.

"You're never too tall to lob. I thought he was going to close in really hard. And I just hit a good lob. I mean, that's about it," the fifth-seeded Johnson said about the point that came with Isner ahead 5-3 in the opening tiebreaker. "I don't know if I'll ever try to lob him again and it'll work, but luckily it worked today."

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