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American John Isner outlasts No. 1 Novak Djokovic to reach final of BNP Paribas Open
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) ' American John Isner fired 20 aces, including a 135-mph one on his fourth match point, to beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7), 3-6, 7-6 (5) Saturday in the BNP Paribas Open semifinals.
Isner will play either No. 2 Rafael Nadal or No. 3 Roger Federer in Sunday's final. They were to meet in the other semifinal, although approaching rain threatened to disrupt play on a cool, cloudy day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Isner's victory guaranteed he will break into the top 10 for the first time in next week's ATP Tour rankings at No. 10. A victory in the final would move him to No. 8, passing countryman Mardy Fish who is currently in that spot.
Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova will meet for the women's title Sunday.