Andy Roddick defeated his Olympic teammate and no. 1 seed John Isner in a three-set thriller during the Saturday nightcap. The first set saw Roddick absorb 7 aces from Isner and defend 2 break points. Despite this, the Nebraska-native managed to break the no. 1 seed to take the set 6-4. The second set was a much tighter affair and stayed on serve to a tiebreaker. Isner fired an impressive 13 aces with both players defended their powerful serves well. The tense tiebreaker went to Isner 7-5. In the third set, Roddick began to tighten the screws, creating 6 breakpoint opportunities for himself. Converting on one, he denied Isner his third consecutive final appearance at Atlanta by winning the match 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 in just under 2 and a half hours.
Throughout the match, Roddick chose accuracy over aces, hitting just 7 aces in three sets. Using this strategy, the former world no. 1 won an impressive 88% of his first serve points with Isner reaching 81%. The American will be seeking his 32nd career title on Sunday and will play Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller. The hard-hitting lefty is looking for his first ATP Tour title after handily defeating Go Soeda in straight sets during the day match on Saturday. The two have played 4 times in the past, with Roddick holding a 3-1 advantage.
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