World No. 12 John Isner successfully defended his BT&T Atlanta Open title with a straight sets victory over Dudi Sela on Sunday. Isner faced little trouble in his campaign this week, which culminated in a 6-3, 6-4 win for the American’s second title of 2014.
Isner struck 15 aces and won a consistent 84% of first service points – far from his best serving percentage this week – to close out the match in 71 minutes.
“The field is so tough at this event. I’m so happy to win this,” said Isner. “I consider myself fortunate that this event is even here. It’s a big advantage for me to play in Georgia and have a lot of support.”
While Isner took part in the International Tennis Hall of Fame Championships, he only truly felt at home when he returned to the hard court tournaments that serve as a warm up for the US Open series.
“This is my favourite time of year,” said the World No. 12. “I’m off to a very good start again. I look forward to playing Washington D.C. again. I’ve played well there my whole career.”
Isner was awarded $103,100 for his efforts and retained his 250 ranking points.