John Isner continued his dominance at the BB&T Atlanta Open on Sunday by beating Dudi Sela in straight sets to win his second consecutive Atlanta Open title. Isner took about an hour to beat Sela 6-3, 6-4 on the hottest day of the year in Atlanta at Atlantic Station.
Isner has now appeared in four of the last five finals at the BB&T Atlanta Open. He, unreservedly, has said that this is one of his favorite tournaments on the ATP circuit. Part of the reason for that is the success he’s had but it’s also because the former Georgia Bulldog always has a loud cheering section in the stands.
“The field is so tough at this event. I’m so happy to win this,” said Isner, it’s a big advantage for me to play in Georgia and have a lot of support.”
Temperature at game time was in mid 90’s as Isner, the world’s number 12, took on Dudi Sela ranked 89. The scene was set very early in the match as Isner took the first game to love and then broke Sela in his first service game.
The match was always going to be about Isner’s serve and it was as hot as the Georgia weather. He fired off 15 aces, including nine in the first set to dominate proceedings and provide Sela with the tallest of orders. Earlier in the week Isner had a serve measured at 142 mph and while none matched that pace they still provided Sela with more than he could handle.
Playing during the day suited Isner whose other matches had all been at night. The ball was livelier and with a hot court surface, Isner remarked afterwards that it was favorite time of year.
The second set was more of the same and despite a spirited effort from Sela the outcome was rarely in doubt. Isner broke Sela later in the set and then served the match out.
This is Isner’s ninth ATP win and it gives him the early lead in the U.S. Open Series, a contest with points available in each of the next seven weeks culminating with the U.S. Open in New York.
Earlier in the day, Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock continued their winning ways defeating Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 in the Men’s Doubles final. This is the second tournament in a month that Pospisil and Sock have won. Earlier in July they upset the world’s best doubles team, the Bryan brothers to win the Wimbledon title.
The BB&T Atlanta Open is playing at Atlantic Station for the third consecutive year. The location is popular with patrons as there is a full set of retail services surrounding the tournament which is played on the site of a former parking lot.