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Ex-UGA star Isner wins Atlanta Open, seventh career ATP title

Former UGA star John Isner entered as the No. 1 seed at the BB&T Atlanta Open and beat No. 2 seed Kevin Anderson in three sets.

Former UGA star John Isner entered as the No. 1 seed at the BB&T Atlanta Open and beat No. 2 seed Kevin Anderson in three sets.

ATLANTA — Former Georgia tennis standout John Isner rallied to beat Kevin Anderson, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) to win his first ATP BB&T Atlanta Open title Sunday afternoon.

For top-seed Isner, it was his seventh career ATP Tour title and second this year after winning the U.S. Clay Court Championship in April. He had previously reached the BB&T Atlanta Open final in 2010 and 2011.

Incidentally, Isner and Anderson squared off in the 2007 NCAA team final in Athens between Georgia and Illinois. Isner won the match at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 7-6 (1) and the Bulldogs claimed the national championship with a 4-0 win. There were no breaks of serves in Sunday’s match, and Isner saved 11 break points, including seven in the third set.

Isner, who entered the match ranked No. 22 in the ATP rankings, was a four-time All-American at UGA from 2004-07 and helped lead the Bulldogs to a perfect 32-0 record as a senior. He holds the school record for wins in both singles and doubles.

With his win Sunday, Isner will crack the Top 20 of the new ATP rankings that will be released today.