Isner wins again in Atlanta

John Isner defeated fellow American Ryan Harrison at the Atlanta Open on Sunday for his fourth win at the tournament.

Second seed Isner saved set point in both sets to claim a 7-6(6), 7-6(7) win over fourth seed Ryan Harrison in one hour and 47 minutes to add the 2017 title to his earlier ones in 2013-2015.

He has now reached the final in seven of the eight years the tournament has been played.

The win saw the big-serving American claim his 12th ATP World Tour title and climb to No. 18 in the ATP Rankings to be released on Monday.

The first set went with serve, before Isner found himself under pressure in game 12, but a big serve rescued him and took it into the tiebreak, which he won 8-6 with a forehand return winner.

Harrison finally managed to break Isner early in the second for a 2-0 lead, only for his opponent to immediately break back.

Harrison then saved a championship point in game 12 before earning a set point two games later.

As in the first set, he responded with a big ace to deny his opponent.

Isner then sealed the match and the title in the second tiebreak with a forehand winner up the line.

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