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Eventually solving John Isner's big serve, top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro won his third Citi Open title and 14th consecutive match at the hard-court tournament by winning Sunday's final 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Getting his game in shape ahead of the U.S. Open, the Grand Slam tournament he won in 2009 and which starts in three weeks, del Potro broke Isner four times in all, including three in a row while winning seven consecutive games to take control.
Isner had not even faced a break point over any of his previous three matches. Del Potro also limited Isner to six aces, after the eighth-seeded and 20th-ranked American pounded 29 in the semifinals.
Del Potro also won the Washington tournament in 2008 and 2009, then skipped it in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
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Juan Martin del Potro knows that a successful week in Washington can pay off at the U.S. Open.
Getting his game in shape ahead of the year's last Grand Slam tournament, the top-seeded del Potro eventually solved John Isner's big serve for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory in the Citi Open final Sunday, winning his championship and 14th consecutive match at the hard-court tournament...
Taking control by breaking serve immediately after a rain delay, eighth-seeded John Isner hit 29 aces and came back to beat Dmitry Tursunov 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to reach the Citi Open final.
Isner stretched his winning streak to eight matches, including a title last week at Atlanta in another hard-court tournament that's a tuneup for the U.S. Open.
After dropping Saturday...
Next week, for the first time in 40 years of ATP rankings, there will be no American men in the top 20.
That's because John Isner, who is 20th this week, is assured of dropping lower after losing Tuesday in the first round of the Rogers Cup to Vasek Pospisil of Canada 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4).
Isner was a semifinalist at the hard-court tournament last year and failed to defend...
This is the time of year that's generally been kindest to 6-foot-9 John Isner and his big serve.
Pounding balls at up to 142 mph, the highest-ranked American man hit 18 aces and never faced a break point Friday during a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus that put Isner in the Citi Open semifinals.
Isner won for the 10th time in his last 11 matches as...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Super Saturday at the Citi Open saw John Isner and Juan Martin del Potro defeat their respective opponents, Dmitry Tursunov and Tommy Haas to reach the men’s singles final. Andrea Petkovic also defeated Alize Cornet and will meet Magdalena Rybarikova in the women’s final.
Gallery by Tennis Grandstand photographer Christopher Levy.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Argentine Juan Martin del Potro returned to Washington, D.C. after a three year hiatus to claim his third Citi Open title against American John Isner, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. (Finals gallery at bottom)
“It’s amazing, I’m so happy to win here once again,” the 24-year-old stated after the final. “When you win a tournament its special, its big. After Wimbledon...
I’ll admit it that like most of the top players, these past few weeks have been like a mini break. However, I know things are quickly going to ramp up with Montreal/Toronto and Cincinnati around the corner. So to make up for missed time, let’s see who’s actually used these few past weeks productively.
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