ATP Atlanta: John Isner overcomes Ryan Harrison to extend his reign

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ATP Atlanta: John Isner overcomes Ryan Harrison to extend his reign

The 33-year-old John Isner has been on the roll in 2018 so far, winning his maiden Masters 1000 title in Miami and reaching the semi-final at Wimbledon where he lost to Kevin Anderson in the third longest singles match in the history of tennis.

Pumped and motivated, John has made another trip to his beloved BB&T Atlanta Open where he spent four amazing Collegiate years, never missing this tournament since it was founded in 2010. Competing in Atlanta for the ninth time, John has reached his eighth final and also the fifth crown, coming from a set down to overpower the 8th seed Ryan Harrison5-7 6-3 6-4 in an hour and 58 minutes for his 14th ATP crown, the 12th at home in the USA.

This was the 35th match in Atlanta for the giant server and his 31st win in what has been the repeat of 2017 final when John also toppled Ryan in two tie breaks. The younger American had his chances today, creating five break points but converting only one, suffering two breaks of serve on the other hand to finish on the losing side, dropping the eighth match out of 11 he played against his compatriot.

Harrison had a colossal chance to bring the match home in straight sets, creating four break points in set number two after taking the opener, but it wasn't to be for him in the end. Isner found the way to stay in the set, steal it with a single break and sail through the remaining service games to keep all the pressure on Harrison.

Nothing could separate the rivals in the opening 10 games, serving well and allowing no break points what so ever, moving closer to a tie break. That all changed in game 11 when Ryan found the way to return John's serve and score a break that allowed him to serve for the opening set.

Three service winners delivered the opener for the younger American after 40 minutes and John had to do more on the return if he wanted to defend the title. Instead of that, he had to save three break points in the third game of the second set, missing the first serves but delivering three winners to avoid an even bigger damage and stay in contention.

Ryan's last break point of the match came in the fifth game and Isner fends it off with a volley winner, refusing to surrender and ready to fight for every point. After missing his chances, Harrison faced the first break point of the match in the sixth game and John broke him to move 4-2 ahead, gaining the momentum and sealing the set with an ace in game nine to set up a decider.

The match was decided in the very first game of the final set when John fired a forehand winner to break Ryan, serving well until the end of the match to wrap up the title with three winners in game 10, proving his Atlanta dominance one more time. Final result:


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