John Isner’s three-set magic finally dried up in the final of the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., where he lost to top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the battle of the big men.
“In the third, I played my best tennis of the tournament,” del Potro said.
Isner, coming off the title in Atlanta, served only six aces in the three-set final.
“I take a lot of positives out of these two weeks given how I played during these matches,” said Isner. “I won a bunch of close matches en route to the title last week and the final today.”
It was the 15th career title and third Washington title for del Potro.
In the women’s final No. 7-seeded Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova defeated unseeded German comeback player Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 7-6(2).
“At the end she started playing very well again, and I was getting a little tight and my arm was kind of shaking, so I’m really happy I could play a great tiebreak there,” Rybarikova said.
Petkovic dropped to 2-5 in WTA career finals, and 0-2 this year.
In the final at the Southern California Open in Carlsbad, No. 5 seed Sam Stosur took it to top-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-3, for her first WTA title of 2013 and fourth of her career.
“I haven’t had great results all year really, so to be able to bounce back, especially from last week’s first-round loss, and play better and better each day, it’s really exciting and a good boost going into the last Grand Slam tournament of the year,” said Stosur, whose last three titles have come in the U.S.
Stosur was 0-8 versus Azarenka entering the final.
Spaniard Marcel Granollers rebounded from being bageled in the first set to defeat Argentine Juan Monaco 0-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 in the final of the bet-at-home Cup in Kitzbuhel, Austria.
Only the second player to win an ATP title after being bageled in the first set, the No. 8-seeded Spaniard will return to the Top 40 after his fourth career title, while the No. 2-seeded Monaco fell to 8-10 in career finals.
“Today I was half on my way to the airport, but I kept on fighting and started to play better in the middle of the second set,” Granollers said. “I definitely didn’t start well, but he played unbelievable, very solid with almost no mistakes.”
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