Isner, Harrison reach BB&T Atlanta Open Final

No.1 seed and four-time tournament champion, John Isner defeated Matthew Ebden of Australia, 6-4, 6-7(6),6-1. Relying on his signature serve and powerful forehands down the line, Isner took the early lead in the first set and never let up. Ebden rallied in the second set to break Isner early. He relied heavily on drop shots and avoided Isner’s forehand by keeping him on the move. Isner tried to fight back but, Ebden maintained the edge on the BB&T Tournament veteran forcing the set into a tiebreaker. Ebden took the second set due to a double-fault. During the third set, Isner recorded his 26th ace of the match in a convincing 6-1 victory. Isner will seek his fifth tournament title in tomorrow night’s singles final. Then there’s the semifinal match between No. 8 Ryan Harrison and unseeded Cameron Norrie.

Harrison served first to start the match, but despite the advantage, Norrie broke him right away, putting the score one game to none. The fifth game of the set was an enduring one where the game reached deuce twice and Harrison won the point, putting the score two games to Norrie’s three. Norrie broke Harrison’s serve yet again in the seventh game and held his serve in the eighth game, which earned him the first set of the match 6-2.

As he’s done all tournament long, Harrison turned the tables in the second set with a huge first serve and won the first set. Norrie responded with an ace to win the second game of the set, putting the score one game all. The match continued with each player holding serve, until Norrie double faulted a few times in the seventh set, allowing Harrison to win the set and break Norrie’s serve, putting the score five games to two. Harrison delivered an ace to win the match and advance to his second straight BB&T Atlanta Open singles final.

Doubles

The No. 3 seeded duo John-Patrick Smith and Nicholas Monroe, advanced to the BB&T Atlanta Open final with a 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 victory over Romain Arneodo and Jeremy Chardy. With the first set tied at 1-1, Arneodo and Chardy capitalized on two double-faults from Monroe get their break. Monroe and Smith continuously found the open court for winners to race back and take the opening set. The second set began just as the first. Arneodo and Chardy once again broke with the set tied 1-1. This time they took to net play to hold the lead and take the second set 6-4. With a trip to the finals on the line, Smith and Monroe jumped to a quick lead in the tiebreaker, and they did not give it up. Monroe secured the victory with a quick, short, cross-court volley winner.

Smith and Monroe will take on Harrison and Rajeev Ram. Harrison will be attempting to win both the singles and doubles on Sunday.
RESULTS – JULY 28, 2018
Men’s
Singles – Semifinals
[1] J. Isner (USA) d [4] M. Ebden (AUS) 64 67(6) 61
[8] R. Harrison (USA) d C. Norrie (GBR) 26 63 62

Men’s
Doubles – Semifinals
[2] R. Harrison (USA) / R. Ram (USA) d P. Raja (IND) / K. Skupski (GBR) 63 64
[3] N. Monroe (USA) / J. Smith (AUS) d R. Arneodo (MON) / J. Chardy (FRA) 75 46 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2018
STADIUM COURT start 5:00 pm
[1] J. Isner (USA) vs [8] R. Harrison (USA)

[3] N. Monroe (USA) / J. Smith (AUS) vs P. Raja (IND) / K. Skupski (GBR) or [2] R. Harrison (USA) / R. Ram (USA)

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