The 6-foot-9 American smacked 12 aces in getting past South African qualifier
Izak Van der Merwe 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) on the grass courts at the International
Tennis Hall of Fame.
Isner will meet the Ryan Harrison-Benjamin Becker winner in a semifinal here
on Saturday, the same day Tennis Hall of Fame will induct its Class of 2012,
including former players Jennifer Capriati, Gustavo Kuerten and Manuel
The towering Isner beat diminutive Belgian Olivier Rochus in last year's
Saturday's other semi will pit Aussie Lleyton Hewitt against American Rajeev
Ram, who was a surprise champion here in 2009. The long-time ATP star Hewitt
is a former world No. 1 and two-time major titlist.