John Isner Wins Fourth BB&T Atlanta Open Title
Steen Kirby, Tennis Atlantic
John Isner won his fourth BB&T Atlanta Open title on Sunday, thrilling the home fans and overcoming issues with his knee and hand to win a pair of tiebreaks 7-6 7-6. The difference in the match was just four points in total, and the match took nearly two hours on Sunday afternoon. Isner, who suffered from knee soreness starting in the first set, served up 23 aces, and won well over 80% of his first serve points. The first set featured no break points. The first set tiebreak had plenty of minibreaks though, with Harrison failing to take a set point at 6-5, and eventually getting broken to lose the first set 8-6 in the breaker.
The underdog American kept his focus from a set down, he broke Isner early in the second set, but was broken right back and despite Isner damaging his hand on his racquet strings, a second set tiebreak would ensue. Harrison won the first minibreak to go up 2-0, but it was all Isner from there, he took the match on his second match point, 9-7. Isner has now won two tournaments in two weeks, and eight matches in a row, as he took the title in Newport the week prior to Atlanta. There is no place Isner feels more comfortable than the BB&T Atlanta Open, and Harrison couldn’t disrupt that.
Bob and Mike Bryan won the doubles title 6-3 6-4 over Koolhof/Sitak, it took them less than hour to win their second ATP doubles of the season. The Bryans also have two titles total in Atlanta, this time it took them less than an hour.