After beating John Isner in Houston, Dustin Brown may finish the week with a career-high ranking. (Bob Levey/AP)
No. 101-ranked Dustin Brown scored the first top-10 win of his career, upsetting top seed and defending champion John Isner 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (4) in the second round of the Men’s Clay Court Championships.
Isner went 0-for-9 on break point chances and double-faulted at 4-5 in a third-set tiebreaker to give Brown his third match point, which he converted. It was a narrow escape for Brown, who threw down a horrible double-fault on match point in the second set tiebreaker — trying to go for the ace on second serve and missing — and let Isner come back to force the final set. Isner will fall out of the top 10 after the loss, while Brown could finish the week at a new career-high inside the top 90.
“It feels unbelievable,” Brown said. “It’s my first year in Houston and I’m really enjoying it.” He’ll face another American, Sam Querrey, in the quarterfinals. Querrey defeated Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4 to advance.