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John Isner Wins Atlanta Open

Haas d Isner semifinal (4 of 5)

(July 28, 2013) In a battle between two of the tallest players in tennis, six-foot-10 John Isner saved two match points to beat six-foot-8 Kevin Anderson 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 7-6(2) in the final of the BB&T Atlanta Open on Sunday to claim his seventh ATP World Tour title.

Neither player was able to break serve during the entire almost three hour match. Anderson failed to convert any of 11 break point chances against Isner. At 2 hours and 54 minutes it’s the longest three-set final on the ATP tour this year.

“This is a tournament where I could’ve been out in my first match,” Isner said. I lived on the edge all week and seemed to come through each and every time. It’s very encouraging.

“I’ve been on the wrong end of a final that close before, so it feels good to be on the other end of that. I never wavered. I believed that even at 0/40 that I could still hold on and was able to come up with the goods.”

“There’s no question I play my best in the U.S. This is where I’m very comfortable. I compete extra hard and things seems to work out for me when I’m playing in the U.S.”

“I was holding easily and trying to give myself chances, which I did,” Anderson said. “Just wasn’t able to capitalize on them. That was the difference today… He stays in there. He serves well, he plays well when it matters, and he definitely played two better tie-breaks than me.”

Isner took home a check for $98,700 as the winner. Isner lost in the finals of the Atlanta Open in 2010, and 2011, each time to Mardy Fish.

Of Isner’s seven career ATP World Tour titles, three have come after saving match point and winning in a third set tiebreak – ’10 Auckland, ’12 Winston-Salem,  and ’13 Atlanta.

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A Tale of Two Giants

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(July 27, 2013) ATLANTA, GA – The tallest final in history will go down at this year’s BB&T Atlanta Open. John Isner standing at 6’10″ and Kevin Anderson at 6’8″ is a recipe for a serving war. Predicting the winner of this match is no easy task. Head to head, here are the stats that count.

Isner vs. Anderson

Aces 463 409

Double Faults 48 120

1st Serve Points Won 77% 75%

Break Points Faced 166 237

Break Points Saved 69% 65%

Service Games Won 88% 85%

Ist Serve Return Points Won 24% 30%

Break Opportunities 165 287

Break Points Converted 35% 39%

John Isner has an edge in aces, double faults, and break points faced while Kevin Anderson’s numbers are better in 1st serve return points won, break opportunities

and break points converted. In short, John may serve better, but Kevin returns better. Who’s going to win this match, your guess is as good as mine but I’ll make mine

anyway. With Isner leading the tour with the tiebreak record of 23-6 and the crowd behind him, my gut says Isner in 3 tie breaks, but I’m not putting my money on it!

 

By Tina Taylor-Brown, Special to Tennis Panorama

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Isner and Anderson Move into Atlanta Final

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RESULTS – SATURDAY, 27 JULY, 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] J Isner (USA) d [7] L Hewitt (AUS) 64 46 76(5)
[2] K Anderson (RSA) d R Harrison (USA) 63 76(3)

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) d C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) 64 76(6)
[4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) d [PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) 36 61 10-7

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 28 JULY, 2013

STADIUM start 3:00 pm
[1] J Isner (USA) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA) – SINGLES FINAL
[4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) vs [3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) – DOUBLES FINAL

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John Isner Holds Off Christian Harrison to Move into Atlanta Quarterfinals

 

John Isner

By Herman Wood

(July 25, 2013) ATLANTA, GA -In his first very first ATP main draw second round match, 19 year old Christian Harrison gave John Isner plenty to handle.  Christian is the 19-year-old younger brother of Ryan Harrison, who won earlier tonight.  Rhyne spoke about his brother’s chance in his post match press conference before Christian’s match,  “He’s a quiet confident guy.  I tried to tell him that his game, his ability, is capable of winning these matches.  I told him I was proud of him and was excited for him.  I told him to trust himself and stay calm and confident and don’t get overwhelmed and just play tennis, he’ll give himself a chance to win.”  He most certainly did that.

As to be expected, John Isner opened the match with a service game featuring 2 of his 29 aces, a service winner and not much else in play.  At one point, the average length of rally was 2.1 strokes.  Isner had to have attention on his left knee on several changeovers, though never did ask for an official medical time out.  He flexed it and stretched it throughout the match.  The set stayed on serve, until Harrison was serving at 4-5.  Isner made an extra effort to go all out with service returns, though he couldn’t convert.  Finally at 6-6, the tiebreak everyone expected began.  Though mini-breaks were exchanged, neither player could get two points in a row at critical junctures.  Harrison made a veteran challenge on a service call and held his composure in a critical point when Isner stumbled.  Isner finally secured a mini break he could use with a nice touch volley and a venture to the net to finish off the set on a high volley Harrison couldn’t reach.

The second set looked to go the way of the first- tiebreak.  Isner put big pressure on Harrison in his first service game, forcing long rallies, but could not prevail.  At that point, the match reverted to the average 2.1 shot rally and a tiebreak looked inevitable.  Harrison had other plans.  With Isner serving to stay in at 4-5, he struggled to get his first serve in and Harrison capitalized by winning rallies.  At set point down, Isner tossed in a double fault to gift the second set to Harrsion.

The third set featured quality tennis, with nice gets, big overheads, and tricky volleys.  The crowd was very appreciative of the high level of play from both players.  Harrison did show his lack of experience with the challenge system in this set, wasting his last challenge on an Isner service bomb when the score was not in his favor deep in a game.  Perhaps it was out of sense of desperation.  Finally, at 5-5, with Harrison serving, Isner stepped up the pressure.  Perhaps it was the return of his “biggest” fan.  A young boy, who wasn’t tall enough to reach the bottom of Isner’s shorts to tug on them to get his attention, encouraged Isner loudly on every point in the first set.  Strangely, he was not vocal in the second set and returned for the third.   Isner earned the seventh break point with a nice volley at the net and finished with a blazing service return to get to 6-5.  On his service game, Isner struggled to get first serves in for much of the game.  When he did, they were the expected aces.  Harrison saved three match points with a veteran’s poise.  At deuce, Isner produced an ace to get match point and closed it out with a service winner.  7-6(9), 4-6, 7-5.  Isner will face James Blake, who beat Evgeny Donskoy earlier in the day 6-3, 6-2, in the quarterfinals.  That match is set to go off at 4 PM, which would is a surprise, considering Isner is the No 1 seed.  Ryan Harrison is set to play Santiago Giraldo in the 7 PM match.

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Ryan Harrison Tops Fourth Seed Sijsling in Atlanta

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By Herman Wood

(July 26, 2013) ATLANTA, GA – “Hotlanta” lived up to its nickname on Thursday!  Though 84 degrees at match time, the match between Ryan Harrison and Igor Sijsling on stadium court this afternoon felt more like 94.  Sijsling was the one who started with a hot hand, while Harrison was ice cold.  Harrison contributed two service breaks with double faults at game point to boot to spot Sijsling a 4-0 lead.  Harrison finally began to find the court in the fifth game with a hold.  At that point, Sijsling started contributing a few loose errors and Harrison got one break back and held again to get to 3-4.  Sijsling continued his generosity and let Harrison back in the match, getting broken again.  An easy hold took Harrison to 5-4.  On Harrison’s serve, Sijsling netted ball after ball to give Harrison the set.  In all, Harrison reeled off seven straight games before Sijsling got back on track.  Harrison noted that he knew that once he got the first set he had to just keep the momentum going and stay positive it would give him a good chance to get up.

In the second set, Harrison again let his serve get wayward, and was broken, allowing Sijsling to serve at 2-3.  Harrison rallied again to earn the break right back – his shot-making featured noticeably harder shots.  Sijsling tried to counter with touch and forays to the net, though it just didn’t work.  Harrison broke again to get to 5-3 and served it out easily.

Brad Gilbert, via Twitter, complimented Harrison on the hard work he put in at Boca, saying it really paid off.  In the press conference, Harrison thanked Gilbert, Jay Berger, and the whole player development crew for helping him stay in a hard working mind set at Boca.  He had eleven days after going out in the first round of Newport to have a mini-training block.  “I know if I keep putting in that kind of work in that I was putting in the last couple of weeks it’s going to bring nothing but good things.”   Sijsling was the tournament’s number 4 seed.

Harrison will play Santiago Giraldo in the next round.  Giraldo prevailed when Michael Russell had to retire.

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 25 JULY, 2013

Singles – Second Round
[1] J Isner (USA) d [WC] C Harrison (USA) 76(9) 46 75
[2] K Anderson (RSA) d [Q] M Ebden (AUS) 67(7) 62 62
R Harrison (USA) d [4] I Sijsling (NED) 64 63
D Istomin (UZB) d [5] Y Lu (TPE) 75 62
J Blake (USA) d [8] E Donskoy (RUS) 63 62
S Giraldo (COL) d M Russell (USA) 57 63 30 ret. (illness)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) d [1] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 75 46 10-8
[3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) d J Blake (USA) / J Sock (USA) 63 62
C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) d R Ram (USA) / K Skupski (GBR) 61 62

Doubles – First Round
[4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) d [WC] K King (USA) / J Spir (COL) 75 63
R Berankis (LTU) / S Giraldo (COL) d D Kudla (USA) / M Russell (USA) w/o (Russell – illness)

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 26 JULY, 2013

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
[3] I Dodig (CRO) vs [7] L Hewitt (AUS)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[1] J Isner (USA) vs J Blake (USA)
Not Before 7:00 PM
S Giraldo (COL) vs R Harrison (USA)
Not Before 9:00 PM
D Istomin (UZB) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)

AJC GRANDSTAND not before 8:00 PM
[4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) vs R Berankis (LTU) / S Giraldo (COL) – After Necessary Rest

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Intown Tennis Continues to Prosper in Atlanta

tennis intown

By Sam Crenshaw, Special to Tennis Panorama News

(July 25, 2013) ATLANTA, GA -They said it wouldn’t work. Bringing an ATP tournament from Atlanta’s northside to an intown residential/retail development would be a logistical nightmare some thought. Not only did last year’s event draw crowds to see Andy Roddick’s final tournament win, it also landed a title sponsor in BB&T.

Atlantic Station

Now it’s year two for pro tennis in the city and Atlantic Station has been transformed into a tennis village. The players walk from their hotel to practice courts or to play matches, and during down time there is shopping, dining and plenty of entertainment. Lexus has signed on to be a long term sponsor for the tournament that has given spectators a reason to stay inside the perimeter after 5 o’clock.

Donate courts

When the tournament closes Sunday afternoon it will also mark a new beginning. Four of the courts at Atlantic Station, one of which is used for tournament play, will be donated to the City of Atlanta. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will be on hand for the ceremony that will take place at the finals of the BB&T Atlanta Open. The courts will be maintained by the Atlanta Parks and Recreation Department and will be welcomed by the people who live and work in the area near Atlantic Station.

A hearty tip of the cap to USTA Southern for bringing pro tennis intown, making it more accessible to the entire community and now community courts that will be a part of a lasting legacy of the BB&T Atlanta Open.

The projected economic impact of the BB&T Atlanta Open is over 10 million dollars. This figure comes from the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

 

Isner news conference

Top Seed Isner wins in three sets

When John Isner says he didn’t know what to expect from Christian Harrison, he was speaking the truth. The top seed for the BB&T Atlanta Open opened play Thursday night with a tough 3 set win 7-6, 4-6, 7-5  in hot and humid conditions at Atlantic Station. The 19 year old Harrison, playing in his first ATP main draw, made a good impression on the tour veteran. “I thought he played pretty well.  He is a good player and I was fortunate to beat him .” I’ll take  the win, it’s better than not winning”, said Isner.

Next up for Isner is a quarterfinal match with good friend James Blake. Blake gets to the quarterfinals after a three set victory over Evgeny Donskoy. “James is playing well and he is not far removed from being number 4 in the world, ” says Isner. ” He is a confidence player and I will have to play very well to beat him”.

Sam Crenshaw is Sports Reporter and Anchor for WXIA-TV, and co-host of MatchPoint on Sportsouth. Follow Sam on twitter @samcrenshawwxia or @tennacityOrg

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The Quarters for the BB&T Atlanta Open are Set

By Tina Taylor-Brown, Special to Tennis Panorama News

(July 25, 2013) ATLANTA, GA -The smell of upset was in the air but eventually dissipated. Wild card player and tour newbie Christian Harrison played one of the best matches of his life against the serving giant of the tour- John Isner. This was an absolute thrilling match down to the last point. Isner, who admitted yesterday in his news conference that every year he struggles in the first match at the BB&T, always ending in a tough 3 setter, was yet again victorious. The first set could have gone either way, ending with Isner on top with 11-9 in the tiebreak. Harrison took the second set 6-4. Isner breaks at 5 all in the third, but his service game to win the match was riddled with deuces and feisty play from the youngster.

 

Joining Ivan Dodig and Lleyton Hewitt, players James Blake, Ryan Harrison, Denis Istomin and Kevin Anderson all advance into the quarter finals. Michael Russell retired from his match against Santiago Giraldo and pulled out of the doubles, citing stomach problems.

 

In doubles, (1) Ivan Dodig/Marcelo Melo, 2013 Wimbledon Doubles Finalists, were sat down in a nail biter by Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram, 7-5, 4-6, 10-8. Great Brittain’s

C. Fleming/J. Marray put an easy stamping on J. Blake/J. Sock 3,2 and Tech “brothers” K. King/J. Spir go down to Roger-Vasselin/Sijsling.  L. Hewitt/C. Guccione and R. Berankis/S. Giraldo(WO) both advance.

 

 

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

STADIUM start 1:00 pm

[3] I Dodig (CRO) vs [7] L Hewitt (AUS)

 

Not Before 4:00 PM

[1] J Isner (USA) vs J Blake (USA)

 

Not Before 7:00 PM

S Giraldo (COL) vs R Harrison (USA)

 

Not Before 9:00 PM

D Istomin (UZB) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)

 

AJC GRANDSTAND start 8:00 PM

 

Not Before 8:00 PM

[4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) vs R Berankis (LTU) / S Giraldo (COL) – After Necessary RestORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

STADIUM start 1:00 pm

[3] I Dodig (CRO) vs [7] L Hewitt (AUS)

 

Not Before 4:00 PM

[1] J Isner (USA) vs J Blake (USA)

 

Not Before 7:00 PM

S Giraldo (COL) vs R Harrison (USA)

 

Not Before 9:00 PM

D Istomin (UZB) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)

 

AJC GRANDSTAND start 8:00 PM

 

Not Before 8:00 PM

[4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) vs R Berankis (LTU) / S Giraldo (COL) – After Necessary Rest

 

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Mardy Fish Loses in Atlanta

Mardy Fish

By Herman Wood

(July 24, 2013) ATLANTA, GA – The courts stayed mostly dry at the BB&T open on Wednesday, except for a few drops from Michael Russell during his win over Mardy Fish.

In the final singles match of the evening, Michael Russell and Mardy Fish picked up from their match that had been twice interrupted by rain last night.  Fish had won the first set 6-4, but had given up a break in the second and started the night down 2-4 with Russell serving.  Fish seemed to start slowly with some loose errors in his service game and was broken when Russell unleashed a big forehand on set point.

The third set opened with Fish getting an easy break, as Russell seemed intent on returning Fish’s favor.  Fish consolidated, holding to 2-0 with a big serve and a stretching forehand blast winner.  Fish continued to hold, despite getting down 0-30 on his serve, with the help of an ace.  Russell finally broke back in a nervy game featuring big audible effort from both players to get to 3-3.  The effort was clear by both men, with Fish changing shirts at least twice and Russell apparently needing to.  After each change of ends when Fish got ready to serve, he or a ball boy did some light housekeeping, drying the court with their shoes or a towel where Russell apparently had left behind some perspiration.  Both men kept digging holes on their serve and had to reach down to hold.  The chair seemed to show needed restraint with no time warning to either player, even when one or the other took a moment after an extended point.  Finally, with Fish serving to get to a tiebreaker at 5-6, Russell held the lead or ad multiple times, and Fish showed his willingness to fight hard.  A final ad point and a big service return closed the door on Fish’s Atlanta return: 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.  Fish reportedly stated that this is the best match Michael Russell has ever played.  Russell will advance to play Santiago Giraldo later in the second round.

Matt Ebden got through due to some health issues of Ivo Karlovic.  Ebden won the first set, as Karlovic showed signs of distress.  A trainer was called and Karlovic retired prior to the second set.  Ebden said via Twitter “Got through today but unfortunately Ivo had to retire, hope he gets better fast & continues his great form.”  Ebden will face Kevin Anderson tomorrow.  No official word on Karlovic’s condition was available.

Christian Harrison

Christian Harrison

Ivan Dodig took three sets to get by Ricardas Berankis, 1-6, 7-6 (7), 6-3 in a second round match.  In first round action, Christian Harrison won his first ATP main draw match of his career against Alejandro Falla, 6-1, 7-6 (7), 6-2.  He’ll be rewarded with a second round match against top seeded John Isner on Thursday.

Veteran Lleyton Hewitt took on American qualifier Rhyne Williams.  Hewitt’s experience showed, as he seemed to find the right combination or shot to get by Williams 7-6 (6), 6-4, despite 18 aces for Williams.  In the tiebreaker, Williams did not challenge a ball on the baseline that the crowd seemed to think was out.  An out call would have given him the first set.  He followed up with a double fault and Hewitt worked the set point to coax a Williams error.  The match stayed on serve again until late in the second set when Hewitt shut the door with a break at 4-5.  As in yesterday’s Jack Sock match, the chair took the opportunity to get involved late, issuing a time warning to Williams late in the second set.  Williams seemed to brush it off.

In another match featuring a veteran, James Blake took three tight sets to advance past Tim Smyczek 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (4).  Blake selectively worked points to get to the tiebreaker and earn the set.  Smyczek earned a break in the second set and served it out as Blake seemed to concede the last point of the set.  Strategically, both men worked the other’s backhand, though Blake seemed to manage to run around to his forehand more often to do damage.  At 2-2 in the 3rd, with Blake serving, Smyczek made a challenge that looked a little embarrassing- the ball smothered the line.  Serving at 4-5, down 0-30, Smyczek dug out of the hole, closing with an ace and an 83 mph service winner.  After a Blake hold, Smyczek forgot to show Blake that new balls were in play and Blake had to ask.  The new balls made a difference – every point was a service winner or ace to get to 6-6 and a tiebreaker.  In the breaker, Blake got an early mini-break and made it hold up, drawing a groundstroke error from Smyczek at 4-6.

In doubles action, Rajeev Ram and Ken Skupski got by Domini Inglot and Frank Moser 6-4,6-4.  Chris Guccione and Lleyton Hewitt needed a match tiebreak to beat Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky.  The final match of the evening had James Blake and Jack Sock taking on Brazilians Marcelo Demoliner and Andre Sa.  There was quite a bit of conversation among the players on court and it sounded testy.  Blake and Sock prevailed, needing a match tiebreak: 5-7, 7-6 (4), 10-6.

Thursday promises to be a big day at the BB&T Atlanta Open.  Really big – John Isner, at 6’9″ and Kevin Anderson, at 6’8″ will both be in action.  Isner has local connections, leading the University of Georgia Bulldogs to the NCAA national title in 2007.  Expect barking.

 

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 25 JULY, 2013

STADIUM start 4:00 pm
R Harrison (USA) vs [4] I Sijsling (NED)
J Blake (USA) vs [8] E Donskoy (RUS)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] J Isner (USA) vs [WC] C Harrison (USA)
J Blake (USA) / J Sock (USA) vs [3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR)

AJC GRANDSTAND start 4:00 pm

[5] Y Lu (TPE) vs D Istomin (UZB)
M Russell (USA) vs S Giraldo (COL)
[Q] M Ebden (AUS) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)
D Kudla (USA) / M Russell (USA) vs R Berankis (LTU) / S Giraldo (COL)

COURT 3 start 3:00 pm

[1] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs [PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR)
R Ram (USA) / K Skupski (GBR) vs C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS)
[4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) vs [WC] K King (USA) / J Spir (COL) – After Suitable Rest

 

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Christian Harrison Makes Great First Impression in Atlanta

Christian Harrison

Christian Harrison

By Sam Crenshaw, Special to Tennis Panorama News

(July 24, 2013) ATLANTA, GA – My first encounter with Christian Harrison came Monday afternoon in the BB&T Atlanta Open’s tournament office. I was hosting a Google+ hangout and the 19-year-old Louisiana native was the special guest. The younger brother of Ryan Harrison couldn’t hide his excitement at being in Atlanta with a wild card in the main draw of an ATP event.

We talked about his season, his love of football and baseball, the sibling rivalry with big brother, Ryan. “Video games,” said Christian. “That is what Ryan and I love to compete against each other in. We’ve broken so many sets of controls. ”

Christian Harrison brought some of that same competitive fire to the Grandstand Court at Atlantic Station Wednesday afternoon for his match with Alejandro Falla. On a humid, overcast day conditioning made the difference.   “I work hard on my movement, making sure I am the fitter one”, says Harrison. It starts on the practice court, getting a good attitude and making sure you work harder than anyone else. ”

The hard work paid off with Harrison’s first ATP tour win 6-1, 6-7, 6-2 over Falla. Big brother Ryan was first congratulate him , but the celebration will be brief. Christian Harrison will be back in action tomorrow night on Stadium Court and his opponent will be the tournament top seed John Isner.

Sam Crenshaw is Sports Reporter and Anchor for WXIA-TV, and co-host of MatchPoint on Sportsouth. Follow Sam on twitter @samcrenshawwxia or @tennacityOrg

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Rain in Atlanta Delays Completion of Mardy Fish Return Match

Mardy Fish

By Herman Wood

(July 24, 2013) ATLANTA, GA – Weather caught up to the BB&T Open at 8:30 Tuesday evening, spoiling what looked to be a triumphant return from a two-time Atlanta champion.  For the first time since Indian Wells in March, Mardy Fish returned to the ATP tour after bouts with severe cardiac arrhythmia.  His opponent was fellow American Michael Russell.  Fish won the Atlanta tournament in 2010 and 2011.  He tried to return in 2012, only to have to retire due an unrelated injury.

The match opened with solid holds from both men, to two games apiece.  Fish earned the first break, drawing an error from Russell.  Fish was able to consolidate his break to make it 4-2 in his favor.  Russell fought back with a hold and a break of Fish to make it four games apiece as rain got a bit more serious.  The fans were supportive of both players, appreciating good shots and thoughtful play, as well as encouraging the players to continue despite deteriorating conditions.  Unfortunately for Russell, the breaks kept coming, but not for him.  Fish broke Russell for 5-4 and was able to serve it out with Russell netting a service return.  In the second set, play was suspended due to rain with Fish serving 1-2.  The match resumed after a two and a half hour delay, with Russell earning a break and Fish serving 15-0, down 2-4, when rain stopped play for the evening.

In completed matches, Rajeev Ram fell to Evgeny Donskoy 6-3, 6-4.  In a rather ugly match of nerves and errors, Ricardas Barankis advanced in 3 sets over Mischa Zverev 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (8).  Barankis seemed to save his best play for the critical moments.

Denis Istomin dominated Lukas Lacko in the first set, though Lacko made it respectable in the second, losing 6-1, 6-3.

Jack Sock, a fan favorite in Atlanta, fell to Santiago Giraldo.  Sock took quite a bit of time in the middle of the second set to apparently change- his socks, which were apparently under a brace that took time to get unraveled.  The chair seemed alright with the proceedings, though Giraldo looked a bit impatient. Down a break in his last service game, Sock got a warning from the chair for a time violation.  He responded with “Me?”, and an exaggerated hurry to the service line for his next serve.  After winning the service game, he earned another warning for parking a ball somewhere into the Atlantic Station shopping complex.  With recent Atlanta weather, I’m certain it was no surprise to see tennis balls falling from the sky.  The final was Giraldo, 7-5, 6-4.

Another Atlanta favorite, Kevin King succumbed to Yen-Hsun Lu, 6-3, 7-5.  King became more aggressive, with forays into the net in the second set, making Lu work for the result.

Lleyton Hewitt and Edourdo Roger-Vasselin entertained the crowd with a tight match on the stadium court in the late afternoon.  In the first set, serve held to 4-5, with Roger-Vasselin serving.  Hewitt showed a veteran’s patience, forcing deuce after deuce when down.  Unfortunately for him, he made a few errors when he had the advantage.  His patience finally paid off when Roger-Vasselin double faulted, gifting Hewitt the set.  The second set followed the form of the first, only with Hewitt having to earn the win with another break at 4-5.

In doubles, Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram needed a match tiebreak to get by Yen-Hsun Lu and Marinko Matsovic, 4-6,6-3,10-4.  The Harrison brothers had a very tough time with the Wimbledon runner ups Ivan Dodig and Marecelo Melo. Dodig/Melo, the number one seeds, won 6-3, 6-1.  Had the Bryan brothers not withdrawn, a rematch of the Wimbledon finals would have been very entertaining.

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 23 JULY, 2013

Singles – First Round
[5] Y Lu (TPE) d [Q] K King (USA) 63 75
[7] L Hewitt (AUS) d E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 64 64
[8] E Donskoy (RUS) d R Ram (USA) 63 64
R Berankis (LTU) d [Q] M Zverev (GER) 76(4) 26 76(8)
S Giraldo (COL) d J Sock (USA) 75 64
D Istomin (UZB) d L Lacko (SVK) 61 63

Doubles – First Round

[1] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) / C Harrison (USA) 63 61
[PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) d Y Lu (TPE) / M Matosevic (AUS) 46 63 10-4

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 24 JULY, 2013

STADIUM start 4:00 pm
[WC] R Williams (USA) vs [7] L Hewitt (AUS)
J Blake (USA) vs [Q] T Smyczek (USA) 00
Not Before 7:00 PM
[6] M Fish (USA) vs M Russell (USA) 64 24
J Blake (USA) / J Sock (USA) vs M Demoliner (BRA) / A Sa (BRA)

AJC GRANDSTAND start 4:00 pm

A Falla (COL) vs [WC] C Harrison (USA)
Not Before 5:00 PM
[3] I Dodig (CRO) vs R Berankis (LTU)
C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) – After Suitable Rest

COURT 3 start 3:00 pm

[Q] M Ebden (AUS) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
R Ram (USA) / K Skupski (GBR) vs D Inglot (GBR) / F Moser (GER)

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