Isner Repeats as ATP Atlanta Champ
Top seed John Isner showed he is the king of the tiny ATP tournaments on Sunday, defeating unseeded Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4 to successfully defend his title at the BB&T Atlanta Open.
It was Isner’s second title this year and ninth career, all coming at ATP 250-level events. “This is my favorite time of year,” said the 29-year-old Isner. “I consider myself fortunate that this event is even here. It’s a big advantage for me to play in Georgia and have a lot of support.”
It was Sela’s first final since losing to Andy Roddick in the 2008 Beijing final.
Cuevas Wins Sunday Marathon at ATP Umag
Qualifier Pablo Cuevas won two matches on Sunday to win the Vegeta Croatia Open title at Umag, his second title in three weeks.
The semifinals and finals were played on Sunday due to rain earlier in the week, with Cuevas defeating top seed Fabio Fognini in straight sets in the semis, and No. 2 seed Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-4 in the final.
“This week was more difficult because I had to play [qualifying] and I played against very good players. During the two years I was out, I thought I would never be able to play again and especially at that level,” said the 28-year-old Cuevas, who won the Swedish Open two weeks ago. The defending champ Robredo fell to 12-8 in career tour finals.
Spain’s Andujar Wins All-Unseeded ATP Swiss Open Final
Spaniard Pablo Andujar won his first title in two years on Sunday, defeating Argentine Juan Monaco 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Credit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad in Switzerland.
“The first set was decided on two points,” the 28-year-old Andujar said. “He got the advantage in the second set, but I played aggressively in the important and final points. I have worked a lot and it is amazing to win a trophy. I finished with an ace, the only ace I hit the whole match.”
Andujar improved to 3-3 in career finals, while Monaco dropped to 8-11. “You deserve to win this trophy in this nice city,” Monaco said. “This is the most beautiful place to play tennis.”
Svitlona Retains Baku Cup
No. 2-seeded Elina Svitlona successfully defended the Baku Cup on Sunday in Azerbaijan, defeating No. 5-seeded Bojana Jovanovski in the final 6-1, 7-6(2).
It is Svitolina’s second career title, and she is the first player to defend a title at the tournament.
Jovanovski fell to 2-1 in WTA finals.
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