John Isner successfully defended his Atlanta Open title, defeating Israeli Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4. Isner looked comfortable throughout the majority of the match. At 6 foot 10 inches, Isner towered over his 5 foot 9 inch opponent and with the hot conditions also playing in his favor, the American was firing down serves 20mph faster than Sela. Breaking Sela’s first service game of the match was the early deciding factor. The Israeli player struggled to break back (no surprise there!). Isner now moves on to the next tournament in the series, the Citi Open in Washington, DC.
Despite losing the final to Isner, Sela did manage to defeat Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-4 in the second round. This result hurt Querrey whose serve alone should have dominated Sela, but he was ultimately broken on four occasions by the eventual runner-up. On a brighter note, Jack Sock continued where he left off at Wimbledon and took the doubles crown and also reached the semifinals of the singles draw.
A stronger men’s draw featuring Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori will be a bigger challenge for Isner, Sock and Querrey at the Citi Open in Washington, DC.
Currently sitting first and third in the men’s series standings after the first tournament, Isner and Sock have the opportunity to gain more points in Washington this week and help create further public interest in the series. Sam Querrey will want to put last week behind him and try and get some momentum going as August fast approaches and the top players from around the world make their way to Montreal and Toronto. Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys will also be hoping to find their form in Washington, DC before heading to Montreal where the bigger names are yet to come in the lead up to the US Open at Flushing Meadows next month.