Isner can't avoid upset bug in Valencia

Valencia, Spain, Oct 24 (EFE).- Frenchman Jeremy Chardy topped big-serving American John Isner 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 Thursday at the Valencia Open, the latest in a string of upsets at that indoor hard-court event.

Chardy started fast to break Isner's serve in the opening game and then won his first two service games at love, but the fourth-seeded American got the break back in the 10th game to even the score at 5-5.

In the tiebreaker, Isner failed to convert three set points before Chardy capitalized on his lone opportunity.

The Frenchman then kept heaping the pressure on Isner in the second set.

He forced the American to save three consecutive break points in the fourth game before eventually breaking Isner's serve in the eighth game and then proceeding to serve out the match.

Although Isner is known for his massive serve, Chardy managed to out-ace his opponent by a tally of 17-12 during Thursday's contest and win a much higher percentage of first-serve points (90 percent versus 68 percent).

With Isner out of the tournament, the bottom half of the draw is now completely devoid of seeded players. Earlier, second-seeded Tommy Haas, sixth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon and eighth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson were eliminated.

Spaniards David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro, the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds, respectively, and fifth-seeded Pole Jerzy Janowicz are still alive in the top half of the draw.