Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

John Isner wins BB&T Atlanta Open for 5th time in 6 years

| 31 July, 2018, 19:43

With his second ATP title of the year, Isner joined Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras as the only Americans to win five or more titles at a single tournament. "I needed to", Isner told the media after the match.

In the other quarter-finals, Ryan Harrison outlasted Chung Hyeon 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) and Cameron Norris was leading 7-5, 3-0 in the second set when Nick Kyrgios retired due to a left hip problem.

The match, lasting 1 hour, 37 minutes on the hardcourts at Atlantic Station, was all about serves.

The 33-year-old Isner lost only two first-serve points against the seventh-seeded Zverev, won all but three of his service points in the third set and broke twice.

Isner then pounced to take advantage of his lone break point chance in the second set, and the dye was cast.

Chasing a maiden ATP Tour title, the world no. 55 Australian will play top seed John Isner for a place in the final.

Ebden is 1-3 against Isner but won their past meeting in January at the Australian Open.


"Now, I'm playing in my backyard and he beat me in his backyard".

"I have played really, really well all week".

"It was tough", Isner said on court after the win. "We'll see if I can turn the tide". He will face the victor of Friday night's match between Brit Cameron Norrie and second-seeded Australian Nick Kyrgios in the other semifinal.

Marcos Baghdatis beat fifth-seeded Frances Tiafoe 7-5, 6-1 on Thursday in the BB&T Atlanta Open to set up a quarter-final match against fourth-seeded Matthew Ebden.

He will next face the 101st-ranked player in the world, Laslo Djere of Serbia.

Mayer, a two-time titlist in his career, edged qualifier Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (7).

Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili beat Pablo Carreno-Busta 7-6 (7/3) 6-4. Mayer is ranked No. 36 in the world.

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