John Isner lost to Mardy Fish in the last two Atlanta finals and is disappointed he's not going to get another shot at his friendly rival in this year's title match.
Isner, the No. 1 seed, won his second-round match, but Fish withdrew from the tournament with a right ankle injury just a few hours earlier.
''It's terrible luck for the tournament, I guess you could say, but it's even worse luck for Mardy,'' Isner said. ''He's a guy who's been down on his luck this year,''
Isner beat Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round of the Atlanta Open on Thursday night.
Fish, the No. 2 seed and two-time defending champion, was leading Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4, 3-2 when he pulled out.
''I think we're all wishing a speedy recovery for him,'' Isner said. ''That's tough to swallow. He was winning that match and most likely was going to win it. That's terrible.''
John Isner photo by Audraine Jackson
By Audraine Jackson
ATLANTA, Georgia – Three of the four top seeds advance in the BB&T Atlanta Open. Hometown favorite John Isner gave fans what they came to see by handling Ruben Bemelmans 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 advancing to the quarterfinals. A few unforced errors by his opponent allowed the former UGA All-American to go up 5-4 before closing out...
Results Thursday from the Atlanta Open, played on outdoor hard courts at The Atlanta Athletic Club (seedings in parentheses).
Singles Second Round Matthew Ebden, Australia, def. James Blake, United States, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4.
Gilles Muller, Luxembourg, def. Mardy Fish (2), United States, 4-6, 2-3, retired.
Jack Sock, United States, def. Steve Johnson, United States, 7-6 (5), 7...