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Isner reaches fourth Atlanta final


On Saturday, top seed and defending champion John Isner reached his fourth Atlanta ATP final in five years with a straight-sets victory over fellow American Jack Sock.

Isner, ranked 12th in the world, broke the unseeded Sock once in each set — both times to take the set.

Serving to keep the match alive at 4-5 in the second, Sock double faulted twice and sent a forehand into the net on match point to hand Isner the victory after 97 minutes.

Isner avenged a quarter-final loss to Sock at Newport two weeks ago and was to face Dudi Sela in the title match after the Israeli downed Germany’s Benjamin Becker 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Although Isner has a 4-1 career record against Sock, he said the hot, humid weather made for heavy going in the match.

“It was not easy conditions at all in the heat today,” he said. “I thought I played pretty well. Jack is a really good player. I wanted to win that match.”

The big-serving American fired a sedate eight aces, taking his total for the week to 55.

Sela is in his second ATP final after a run that included victories over ninth-seeded American Sam Querrey and fourth-seeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil.

Sela, who beat Becker for the first time in three career meetings, fired three aces and broke the German three times, saving five of the seven break points he faced.

“I feel great,” Sela said. “The atmosphere is great here in Atlanta.”

Sela’s lone appearance in a final came in Beijing in 2008, when he lost to Andy Roddick.


AFP, GSTAAD, Switzerland

Argentine Juan Monaco on Saturday claimed a place in his first final in almost a year as he defeated Robin Haase 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) at the Swiss Open, setting up a showdown with Spain’s Pablo Andujar.

Monaco, whose ranking has plummeted to 105 after a series of injuries going back to late last year, recovered from breaks down in both sets to claim victory over Dutch seventh seed Haase.

The final was to be a first-ever meeting for Monaco against world No. 71 Andujar, who profited from seven double-faults from fourth seed Fernando Verdasco in a 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-1 upset.

Verdasco, treated for a shoulder problem after losing the opening set, broke in the second set as his opponent served for a straight-sets win.

Verdasco then stayed alive by claiming the second set in a tiebreak before collapsing in the third to exit as his serve was broken seven times.

Earlier, the 30-year-old Monaco went through to his first final since Kitzbuehel 51 weeks ago after playing his first semi-final of this year.


AFP, UMAG, Croatia

Torrential rain forced the cancellation of play at the ATP Croatia Open on Saturday, with both semi-finals and the doubles title match to have been played yesterday.

Defending champion Tommy Robredo of Spain was to face 2012 winner Marin Cilic of Croatia, while top seed and last year’s runner-up Fabio Fognini of Italy was to face Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas.

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