Isner snatches Auckland Open title

January 16, 2010 by
Filed under: Other Tournaments 

john isner photo John Isner managed to win his first ATP title in Auckland. The American defeated top seed Arnaud Clement to grab the trophy and 250 ATP points.

The final was a 3 set thriller, with Isner snatching the first set 6-3. Clement came back to win the second set 5-7. The decider could have gone either way, with Isner saving a match point. The American found two more huge serves to score 2 aces and send the match into a deciding tiebreaker.

Isner stepped-up a gear to lead 3-1 and 6-2 before clinching the title. The American is currently ranked No. 33 in the world and he just made it into the 2010 Australian Open seeds list, benefiting from Simon’s withdrawal, caused by a right knee injury.

Isner’s career picked-up last season as he managed to hit the 4th round of the US Open, defeating Andy Roddick on the way.

Arnaud Clement had to accept only the runners-up spot in Auckland. He will now face another American, James Blake, in the first round of the Australian Open. The Frenchman has positive memories from the Aussie Open. He registered his best ever Grand Slam result in Melbourne, playing the Final in 2001.

Andre Agassi was the American that denied him a memorable success. Agassi won in straight sets the 2001 final 6-4,6-2,6-2.

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