Top seed John Isner is one match away from successfully defending his Atlanta title, and will now contest the BT&T Open final against Dudi Sela, whom he holds a 2-0 head-to-head record against. Their most recent encounter took place earlier this year at Delray Beach, which Isner won with a tiebreak in the third.
Unlike their most recent encounter two weeks ago in Newport, the Saturday hard court encounter between John Isner and Jack Sock was a trying affair and far from the most entertaining of matches for those in attendance. While Sock was able to secure his first ever win over his fellow American on grass, he was simply unable to withstand Isner’s serving this time around. The defending champion hit 8 aces and won 94 percent of his first service points to win the match 7-5, 6-4.
“It was not easy conditions at all in the heat today,” said Isner. “I thought I played pretty well. Jack is a really good player. I wanted to win that match.”
Unexpected finalist Dudi Sela is through to his second ever ATP World Tour final following a three set victory over Benjamin Becker on Saturday. Sela hit 3 aces to win the contest 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in 1 hour and 50 minutes. He also saved five of seven break points in the process.
“I feel great [being in the final]. The atmosphere is great here in Atlanta,” said Sela after the match. “The crowd support was incredible.”
This is the third time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour with Isner leading the series 2-0. This is the second time they will meet this season and could potentially be a close game depending on the conditions. Isner will be a heavy favourite but may be pushed to three sets.
Prediction: John Isner in Three Sets