John Isner defeated Ryan Harrison 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (9/7) in the final to win the ATP Atlanta Open title. This is Isner’s fourth ATP Open title and second ATP title in as many weeks having won the trophy in Newport last week. He had earlier won the tournament in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and has made it to the finals seven out of eight times.
“There wasn’t much that separated us at all. So I’m happy to win that match in straight sets … very happy to win today,” Isner was quoted as saying by AFP. Also Read- Haas upsets top seeded Goffin at Swiss Open tennis last 8
“It was a battle and took every ounce of my energy out there, just more importantly, I’m so happy to win this tournament again,” he added.
The win means Isner will now zip past Jack Sock as the top-ranked US player. “It feels pretty good for sure, I’ve been the top American for the better part of six years now, so to be back in that spot is cool,” he said. Also Read- Novak Djokovic Hopes to Imitate Take-a-Break Roger Federer
Meanwhile, Harrison after the match said Isner is his good friend, and both do get competitive. “We’ve both got that competitive side where we want to dig in and win. I think there were times for each of us where things got a little frustrating, but we’re really good friends so I really like John as a guy,” Harrison said.