Isner downs Harrison for fourth ATP Atlanta title

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WASHINGTON: John Isner claimed his fourth ATP Atlanta title on Sunday (Monday in Manila), saving a set-point in both sets en route to a 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (9/7) win over Ryan Harrison.

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Second-seeded American Isner notched his second ATP title in as many weeks afer lifting the trophy in Newport last week.

John Isner reacts after defeating Ryan Harrison during the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on Monday in Atlanta, Georgia. AFP PHOTO

Atlanta was the perfect place for him to keep the momentum going. Isner, who has reached the final in seven of eight editions of the tournament, added a fourth title to those he won in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Harrison, seeded fourth, was denied a second career ATP title, to go with his victory in Memphis in February.

Both players held serve throughout the opening set to force the tiebreaker, in which Isner faced a set-point at 5-6 but saved it with a booming serve.

He then converted a set-point of his own at 7-6 with a forehand winner.

Harrison ended Isner’s run of 75 straight service holds — dating back to last week’s Newport tournament — when he broke for a 2-0 lead in the second set.

But Isner broke back immediately, and they held serve to another tiebreaker.

Harrison made Isner work for it, saving a match point with a forehand winner before giving himself a set-point at 7-6.

Isner responded with an ace, and went on to seal the victory his second match point with a forehand winner up the line.

AFP

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