07/27 18:42 CDT Top-seeded Isner wins 2nd straight Atlanta title
Top-seeded Isner wins 2nd straight Atlanta title
ATLANTA (AP) --- Top-seeded John Isner overpowered Dudi Sela on Sunday to
successfully defend his Atlanta Open title, blowing serve after serve past the
5-foot-9 Israeli player in a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
Serving for the match, the 6-foot-10 Isner fell behind 30-0 before Sela sent a
backhand into the net, and then watched almost helplessly as the American
ripped three straight aces for the win. Isner finished with 15 aces to Sela's
Ranked 12th, Isner has won two of his nine career titles in Atlanta, where he
also lost to Mardy Fish in the 2010 and 2011 finals and to eventual champion
Andy Roddick in the 2012 semifinals. In running his Atlanta record to 16-3, the
former University of Georgia star had the crowd on his side on a 92-degree
afternoon under bright sun.
"I consider myself very fortunate that this tournament is even here," Isner
said. "It's a big advantage to be in Georgia and have the support."
Isner served beyond 140 mph on several occasions, while Sela was in the 115 mph
range. Isner also crushed Sela's second serves, which often traveled at around
80 mph, to win 61 percent of Sela's second serves.
"I was able to get up early, and I was playing from ahead," Isner said. "I like
that situation a lot given the conditions and how I'm serving," Isner said. "I
think it was not so much that he was feeling the heat, but the conditions were
different. The ball was so lively. My serve is tougher during the day than it
is at night ... the ball was getting up on him a lot."
Sela was playing in just his second ATP final after losing to Roddick in
Beijing in 2008.
Isner earned $103,100, and Sela made $54,300.
American Jack Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil won the doubles title. Sock and
Pospisil, the Wimbledon doubles winners three weeks ago in their first
tournament together, beat American's Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey 6-3, 5-7,