Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after failing to break John Isner of the U.S. in the third set during Men’s semi-final match at the Indian Wells ATP tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California March 17, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake Reuters

American Isner, ranked 11th in the world, defeated Serbia’s Djokovic 7-6 (9/7), 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) in the match today at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.

The win, the 26-year-old’s first over a top-ranked competitor, ensures that he will break into the Top 10 world rankings for the first time, according to the ATP website. If he wins tomorrow, he will jump two spots to reach No. 8, passing Mardy Fish to become the highest-ranking American.

“The only thing I can control is how I compete,” Isner, who clinched the victory with his 20th ace, told reporters. “I tried my hardest.”

Isner will face either World No. 2 Rafael Nadal or No. 3 Roger Federer in tomorrow’s final.

Djokovic, 24, who lost to Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5 in the semifinal of the Dubai Championships on March 2, ended today’s match with eight aces and two double faults.

“It’s frustrating when somebody serves over 70 percent of the first serves in and with that angle and with that speed and accuracy,” Djokovic said. “But I played him before. I knew I had to stay patient and just wait for the chance. I had some chances. I didn’t use them.”

Djokovic was looking for his fourth trip to the Indian Wells final. He finished second to Nadal in 2007 and won the title over Fish in 2008 and against Nadal in 2011.

Source Bloomberg

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