Jul 28, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; John Isner (USA) holds the winner

John Isner Takes Second Straight BB&T Atlanta Open Tennis Title

The former Bulldog with the big serve from Greensboro, N.C. loves Atlanta.

Former Georgia tennis star John Isner won his second straight BB&T Atlanta Open on Sunday, defeating Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4 at Atlantic Station. He defeated Kevin Anderson in three sets to win last year. This is the fourth time in five years Isner reached the final in Atlanta.

For top-seeded Isner, it was his ninth career ATP Tour title and his second in 2014 after winning the Heineken Open earlier this year in New Zealand. Following Isner’s three-set victory over Robby Gindpri in the second round on Thursday, he won all three subsequent matches in straight sets.

“This is my favorite time of year,” Isner said in an ATP interview. “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.”

“I consider myself very fortunate that this tournament is even here,” Isner said. “It’s a big advantage to be in Georgia and have the support.”

Isner, who entered Sunday’s match ranked 12th in the world, was a four-time All-American at UGA from 2004-07 and led the Bulldogs to a perfect 32-0 record as a senior. He holds the school record for wins in both singles and doubles.

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