John Isner reaches 8th Atlanta Open final

John Isner reaches 8th Atlanta Open final

In the press conference at the Atlanta Open after beating the South Korean Hyeon Chung in three sets, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (5), the American Ryan Harrison spoke about his relationship with the Australian Nick Kyrgios.

The top seed dropped the first set against eighth seed Harrison, but fought back to clinch a 5-7 6-3 6-4 victory.

A Wimbledon semi-finalist this year, Isner carried on where he left off in the third and deciding set as he broke Harrison early before closing out the contest to love in the 10th game.

Norrie, the world number 73, was in his second ATP semi-final after reaching the same stage at May's Lyon Open.

Isner, defending champion, will look to repeat his victory over Harrison from last year's final in Atlanta and claim a fifth title at the event.

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Isner improved to 4-1 against Ebden, rebounding for a loss in the Australian Open.

"I knew he was going to be tough here, because he lives here", Ebden said.

The American was pushed to three sets by German sixth seed Mischa Zverev before he prevailed 7-5 4-6 6-1.

Isner is 7-1 in the semifinals, with the lone loss coming to Andy Roddick in 2012. "I really feel for the guy", he was quoted as saying. Isner won titles in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

"I am definitely playing better than I was in the beginning of the year".

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If Isner is able to lock up a fifth career title at the BB&T Atlanta Open, he would join an exclusive club. He had the home crowd on his side.

"He is a tough player and I played well today".

They also met previous year in the Hall of Fame Open final, with Isner winning in straight sets.

"It was a little nervy from both of us there at the end".

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