John Isner defends Atlanta Open title

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American John Isner defended his Atlanta Open title with a 6-3, 6-4, win over Israel's Dudi Sela.

The big serving American defeated Kevin Anderson in last year's final and was also a runner-up in 2010 and 2011 to compatriot Mardy Fish, however yesterday he required just 71 minutes to finish off the Israeli and claim his ninth ATP Tour title.

Big serve

Sela, who was featuring in his first ATP Tour final since 2008 had no answer to the serve of the world number 12, who smashed down 15 aces.

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The US hard-court season is by the American's own admission, the part of the season he enjoys the most, understandably so when you consider the hard-court surface which is best suited to his game and the fact that it features his home Grand Slam at flushing Meadows.

"This is my favorite time of year," American Isner told reporters.

“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." 

John Isner wins Atlanta in 2013


Isner collected $103,000 for his efforts while the wait for a first Tour title continues for the Israeli.

The 29-year old took advantage of the media opportunity by throwing his weight in behind his country that is currently the focus of a Middle Eastern conflict.

“I wanted the win today for my people in Israel. It’s not easy the situation over there and hopefully it will be better,” Sela said.

“I tried to play for them but John was too tough for me today.”

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