Isner three-peats in Atlanta, Bryans make debut a success

Isner is making this a tradition in Atlanta – thanks to The Grandstand again

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John Isner is now a back-to-back-to-back champion of the BB&T Atlanta Open after cruising past a hobbled Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-3 in Sunday’s final. Isner fired 13 aces without double-faulting, served at 72 percent, and lost a minuscule three points in nine service games.

The 19th-ranked American said afterward that he noticed Baghdatis was struggling physically as early as the match’s second point. That’s when the Cypriot serve-and-volleyed, an uncharacteristic move for a player who prides himself on baseline ball-striking.

Unsurprisingly, Baghdatis took an injury timeout for a right-leg issue following the first set. Things hardly improved for the fifth seed in set two, as Isner continued to dominate on serve and had little trouble charging ahead with a break lead. The top seed wrapped up the proceedings in style with another scalp of the Baghdatis serve at 5-3.

“I don’t think I played my best tennis this week, but…

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