John Isner beat Kyle Edmund in straight sets 7-6, 7-6 in their fourth-round match after the umpire ruled the British player lost a point after stopping playing mid-point
The British No 1 Kyle Edmund was beaten in two close sets by John Isner in their fourth-round match at the Miami Open, with the climax marred by a fan calling out during a key point.
Isner claimed the opening set on a tie-break, but Edmund had recovered to force another in the second. However, when serving at 3-5 down, there was a shout of out from the crowd following a return from the American down the baseline.
The players continued, Edmund having raised his hand to the chair umpire, who then called a halt a couple of shots later.
The Briton was told by Brazilian Carlos Bernardes: It is the public you cannot stop like this, it is the person from the crowd.
Edmund replied: I didnt stop, then added: You have no control they keep shouting at every point unbelievable. He was ruled to have lost the point, which left Isner, the world No 9, 6-3 ahead and serving for the match.
Following another heated exchange between Edmund and the umpire, play eventually resumed, Isner produced his 17th ace to seal his place in the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) win in one hour and 43 minutes, which keeps him on course for a successful title defence.
There was little sign of the drama to follow as Isner had earlier looked to have taken control of the opening set when a break and then a hold saw him move 5-2 ahead. However, as the sun on the Stadium Court continued to affect serving, Edmund who beat Milos Raonic in the third round recovered to break back and level at 5-5 before forcing the tie-break.
The Briton, ranked No 22 in the world, then produced an early mini-break on Isners serve to move 3-0 and then 4-1 ahead.
Isner, though, responded to level at 5-5 after two mini-breaks with another handing him a set point which the American confidently dispatched on serve.