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By Erik Gudris | Sunday, July 27, 2014

 
John Isner

John Isner saved his best tennis of the week for the Atlanta final where he repeated as champion.

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John Isner saved his best tennis of the week for the Atlanta final where he repeated as champion.

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Top seed John Isner saved his best tennis for the final day as he defended his BB&T Atlanta Open title on Sunday.
Isner, who survived being down two match points in his opening round against Robby Ginepri, produced stellar tennis in Sunday's final.

Israel's Dudi Sela, a surprise finalist, faced off against Isner in only his second ever career ATP final. Sela's last was in 2008 versus Andy Roddick in Beijing.

While Isner's big serve gave him easy points as expected, it was Isner's forehand that provided extra winners when the American needed them. Isner fought off the lone break point against him in the opening set. Isner broke Sela and then soon served out the set 6-3.

By now, Isner won 14 out of 15 first serve points.

Though Sela struck several fine backhand winners, he had few answers for Isner's serve. Especially when Isner served out wide to the Israeli. Isner with yet another return winner broke Sela for a 2-1 lead in the second set.

With a total of 15 aces, Isner closed out the 6-3, 6-4 victory.

“This is my favorite time of year,” Isner told ATP.com. “I’m off to a very good start again. I look forward to playing Washington D.C. again. I’ve played well there my whole career.”

This is now the fourth Atlanta title for Isner who has won the event all but one during the event's five years. Atlanta is also the ninth career ATP title for the American.

Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock won their second doubles title earlier when they beat Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey 6-3, 5-7, 10-5. Pospisil and Sock won the Wimbledon title just a few weeks ago.

 

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