Isner fails to dislodge Goffin
John Isner was sent packing from the second round of the Valencia Open, despite winning more points than his opponent David Goffin.
The fifth-seeded American was beaten 7-6 (7/2) 4-6 6-4 in two hours and 12 minutes by the world No 49, who won two fewer points (99-97) than his more illustrious opponent.
He also bombarded the Belgian by firing down 21 aces to nine from Goffin - but was unable to shake-off the plucky 21-year-old from Liege.
In a contest dominated by serve, there was only break during the opening two sets with the big-hitting Isner conceding just five points in his first nine service game.
The Belgium finally made his breakthrough in a marathon sixth game of the final set - having already been broken by Isner in the third.
Goffin broke back in a game that required a mammoth 24 points, and on his sixth break point.
Isner also missed four game points before being broken for the first time, with Goffin adding a second break in the 10th when he converted his first match point at 40-15 to move into the quarter-finals of this hard court event.