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John Isner beats Ryan Harrison to win fifth Atlanta Open title

John Isner battled past fellow American Ryan Harrison in the final to win his fifth Atlanta Open title on Sunday.

Isner came from a set down and saved four of five break points against Harrison to win 5-7 6-3 6-4 in the summit clash.

The victory helped Isner join an elite club of American players to have won the at least five times after Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

But it was tough going at times for Isner against eighth seed Harrison, who took the first set and was clearly the better player early in the second.

Isner appeared to be wilting in the heat but Harrison could not take his chances and his opponent squirmed out of trouble before pouncing when presented with a break opportunity.

A revitalised Isner never looked back in the third set as Harrison’s frustration finally boiled over and he smashed his racket against the court.

It was the 14th career title for Isner, who lost a marathon semi-final 26-24 in the fifth set against Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon a fortnight ago.



News credit : Indiatoday

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