John Isner (Georgia '07) returned to the state where he had a ton of success in college and proceeded to win his fourth singles title at the BB&T Atlanta Open. Isner, who won the week before in Newport and has now won 12 career singles titles, fired 23 aces and won 85% of the points on his first serve in a 7-6(6), 7-6(7) win over fellow American Ryan Harrison. There were no breaks of serve in the first set, in fact there were no break points either, though Harrison went up a mini-break to start the tiebreak. Isner put it back on serve on the next point and would eventually fight off a set point when serving at 5-6 before taking the tiebreak 8-6.
Harrison jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second set after breaking Isner from 30/40 but Isner broke back in a one-deuce game to make it 2-1. After another nine holds, Harrison went up 4-1 in the tiebreak but Isner took the next three to even it at 4-4. Harrison fought off a set point while serving at 5-6 while Isner fought off one while serving at 6-7. Isner would close out the second set tiebreak just like the first by winning the final three points to take it 9-7.
Isner won $114,595 with the title while collecting 250 ATP points which moved his ranking up from 20 to 18.
Cameron Norrie (TCU '17*) overcame a stretch where he dropped 10 of 11 games, and was broken five times in a row, to win his first Challenger singles title with a three set win over the top seed Jordan Thompson (ATP 80) at the $75K Levene Gouldin & Thompson Challenger in Binghamton, New York. Norrie broke Thompson at love to start the match and made the break hold up to take the first set 6-4. The second set was a blowout with Thompson winning 25 of 34 points (74%) and only needing 22 minutes to take it 6-0. Thompson went up 4-1 in the third and was ahead 0/30 on Norrie's serve but Cam came back to hold and then won the next four games to pull out a 6-4, 0-6, 6-4.
Below is an interview that Mike Cation
conducted with Norrie where he talks about the ups and downs of the match.
Norrie won $10,800 with the title and picked up 80 ATP points which has moved his ranking to a career high of 199. Norrie is back in action this week at the $75K Lexington Challenger where he'll face Australian Andrew Whittington in the opening round on Tuesday.
Yannick Hanfmann (USC '15) had a tremendous week in Gstaad, Switzerland, but came up just short in the finals of the ATP $540K J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open. Hanfmann fell behind Fabio Fognini (ATP 31) 4-0 in the opening set but he won four of the next five games to pull within 5-4 however Fognini would serve out the set at love to take it 6-4. The second set stayed on serve until Hanfmann's 5-5 service game. Hanfmann went up 40/15 but Fognini won four straight to break and then he held from 40/15 to win 6-4, 7-5.
Despite the loss Hanfmann still won $53,620 and picked up 150 ATP points which has moved his ranking up to a career high of 125.
Below are a list of the weekend's winners and runner-ups.
Singles Champions (7)
ATP 250 BB&T Atlanta Open - John Isner (Georgia '07)
$75K Binghamton, New York Challenger - Cameron Norrie (TCU '17*)
$25K Champaign (IL), USA F25 Futures - Aleks Vukic (Illinois Rising Sr)
$15K Idanha-A-Nova, Portugal F13 Futures - Nuno Borges (Mississippi State Rising Jr)
$15K ITF Targu Jiu, Romania - Astra Sharma (Vanderbilt Rising Sr)
$15K ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Eleni Kordolaimi (Houston '15)
$15K ITF Evansville, Indiana - Ann Li (2018 LSU commit)
Singles Runner-Ups (8)
ATP 250 J Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad - Yannick Hanfmann (USC '15)
$43K Prague, Czech Republic Challenger - Yannick Maden (Clemson '13)
$25K Dublin, Ireland F2 Futures - Peter Kobelt (Ohio State '14)
$15K Cairo, Egypt F22 Futures - Mazen Osama (Alabama Rising Jr)
$15K Sankt Polten, Austria F4 Futures - Felipe Sarrasague (Elon Rising Jr)
$15K ITF Targu Jiu, Romania - Belinda Woolcock (Florida '17)
$15K ITF Dublin, Ireland - Sinead Lohan (Miami Rising Sr)
$15K ITF Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt - Mayar Sherif (Pepperdine Rising Sr)
Doubles Champions (22)
ATP 250 BB&T Atlanta Open - Mike/Bob Bryan (Stanford '98*)
$100K Granby, Canada Challenger - Jackson Withrow (Texas A&M '16)/Joe Salisbury (Memphis '14)
$75K Binghamton, New York Challenger - Daniel Nguyen (USC '12)/Jarryd Chaplin (Tennessee '14)
$60K ITF Sacramento, California - Giuliana Olmos (USC '16)/Desirae Krawczyk (Arizona State '16)
$60K ITF Granby, Canada - Ellen Perez (Georgia '17*)/Carol Zhao (Stanford '16*)
$43K Tampere, Finland Challenger - Sander Gille (East Tenn St '12)/Joran Vliegen (East Carolina '14)
$25K Champaign (IL), USA F25 Futures - Harrison Adams (Texas A&M '16)/Yates Johnson (SMU '17)
$15K Mohammedia, Morocco F2 Futures - Juan Benitez (Baylor Rising Jr)/Raleigh Smith (Northwestern '14)
$15K Cairo, Egypt F22 Futures - Alexis Klegou (Texas A&M '12)/Anis Ghorbel (Drake '13)
$15K ITF Targu Jiu, Romania - Samantha Harris (Duke Rising Sr)/Belinda Woolcock (Florida '17)
$15K ITF Evansville, Indiana - Lorraine Guillermo (Pepperdine '15)/Maddie Kobelt (Syracuse '14)
Doubles Runner-Ups (15)
$75K Binghamton, New York Challenger - Jarryd Chaplin (Tennessee '14)
$64K Cortina, Italy Challenger - Ben McLachlan (Cal '14)
$60K ITF Granby, Canada - Alexa Guarachi (Alabama '13)
$43K Prague, Czech Republic Challenger - Andreas Mies (Auburn '13)
$25K Troyes, France F17 Futures - Constant De La Bassetiere (Penn State Rising Jr)
$25K Champaign (IL), USA F25 Futures - Farris Gosea (Illinois '15)
$15K Mohammedia, Morocco F2 Futures - Florent Diep (Florida '14)
$15K Duinbergen, Belgium F6 Futures - Michael Geerts (Arizona State Senior)
$15K Cairo, Egypt F22 Futures - Bernardo Saraiva (San Francisco '15)
$15K Parnu, Estonia F1 Futures - Mikelis Libietis (Tennessee '15)/Fredrik Ask (Arizona '14)
$15K ITF Evansville, Indiana - Lauren Proctor (Winthrop Rising Jr)/Alice Garcia (Winthrop '16)
$15K ITF Dublin, Ireland - Quinn Gleason (Notre Dame '16)/Emily Appleton (Vanderbilt commit)