ATLANTA: On Sunday, Top seed John Isner declared the Atlanta Open title for the second consecutive year with a 6-3 6-4 defeat of Israel’s Dudi Sela.
Suffering 6-foot-10, Isner towered over the 5-foot-9 Sela and punished him with his answer.
“I’m off to a very good start again. I look forward to playing Washington D.C. once more (this week). I’ve played well there my entire career.” Isner’s familiar form helped him capture the opening set in 34 minutes as he won 14 of 15 points on his dominant first serve.
In five years, Isner was playing his fourth Atlanta final. He was runner-up to Mardy Fish in 2010 and 2011 and won the title last year by defeating South African Kevin Anderson.
He had hoped to record a win for the people back home, Sela pronounced. A 20-day-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Gaza has declared above 1,000 lives.
Sela stated, “I wished the win today for my people in Israel. It’s not easy the situation over there and hopefully it will be better.”