Harrison To Challenge Isner For Atlanta Open Title

Ryan Harrison reaches the singles and doubles final in Atlanta (photo: BB&T Atlanta Open)

ATLANTA, July 29, 2018

The best two players all week are in Sunday’s singles final of the BB&T Atlanta Open.

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 it 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 all over the court. 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.


John Isner (photo: BB&T Atlanta Open)

“It was tough,” Isner said on court after the win in exactly two hours of play. “Just like yesterday, I was able to get out early in the third set and that definitely took some pressure off. I’m very happy to be back in the final here. I need to get in the air conditioning and just rest so I could be ready for tomorrow.”

Isner will seek his fifth tournament title in Sunday night’s singles final.

Harrison rallies past Norrie

The semifinal match between the No. 8 seed Ryan Harrison from the United Statesand the unseeded Briton Cameron Norrie was an entertaining match to watch on a beautiful Atlanta night.

Harrison served first to start the match, but despite the advantage, Norrie broke his 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 has done all tournament, Harrison turned the tables in the second set; with a huge first serve and winning the first set. Norrie responded with an ace to win the second game of the set, putting the score one game all. The following three games go to the point’s respective server, but in the sixth game, Harrison wins the point with a drop shot, effectively breaking Norrie’s serve, and putting him in the lead. Norrie manages to earn another game to make the score five games to three, but Harrison pulls through and wins the second set six games to three.

The third set begins with Harrison breaking Norrie’s serve, putting Harrison in the lead. Harrison wins the next game with straight sets, and despite a double fault, Norrie wins the next game. 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 after one hour and 44 minutes.

Harrison also into doubles final

The No. 3 seeded duo, John-Patrick Smith of Australia and US-American Nicholas Monroe, advanced to the BB&T Atlanta Open final with a 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 victory over Romain Arneodo of Monaco and Frenchman 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 Ryan Harrison and Rajeev Ram. The US-American duo defeated Purav Raja of India and Ken Skupski of Great Britain 6-3, 6-4 in 60 minutes. Harrison will be attempting to win both the singles and doubles on Sunday.

RESULTS – JULY 28, 2018

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

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