Georgia Tennis Great John Isner Wins Atlanta ATP Tourney


John Isner returned to Atlanta this past week and once again left with a championship trophy.

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Former Georgia tennis great John Isner loves Atlanta.

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“Seven years ago, when I heard this tournament was going to come to Atlanta, I figured it was going to be a good thing for me,” Isner said and Doug Robertson of the reported. “But not this good.”

Isner has once again won the BB&T Atlanta Open, defeating Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3 Sunday afternoon at Atlantic Station. He is only the eighth active player with a three-peat championship on the ATP World Tour, joining Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and Lleyton Hewitt. Isner is 20-3 in Atlanta,

Isner lost only one point on serve in the opening set. With Baghdatis hampered by injury, the 6’7” Isner dominated with his trademark rocket serve to sweep the match in two sets.

Isner beat Denis Kudla in the semi-finals, coming back from a 4-6 first set loss to win in three sets, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 on Saturday. Sunday was Isner’s fifth championship match appearance since the tournament returned to Atlanta six years ago.

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The top-seeded Isner now has 10 career ATP Tour titles. He defeated Kevin Anderson in three sets to win in 2013 and Dudi Sela in straight sets last year to claim the Atlanta ATP championship.

The 19th ranked Isner now begins pointing toward the US Open, August 31 to September 13. Isner’s deepest Open run came in 2011 when he played his way into the quarterfinals.

Isner is a four-time All-American at Georgia 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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