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John Isner wins Winston-Slam Open

08-29-2011 08:47 BJT

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In North Carolina, the outer edges of Hurricane Irene made the final of the inaugural ATP Winston-Salem Open a windy affair for John Isner and Jean Benneteau.

Whilst the unseeded Frenchman seemed more comfortable with the conditions, Isner's trademark big serve and huge ground strokes kept him in the game.

But Benneteau's determination to press for a break of serve finally paid off. A great passing shot that left Isner stranded at the net handed Benneteau a 5-4 lead.

Julien Benneteau of France serves to John Isner of the USA during the men's singles
final of the Winston-Salem Open at the Wake Forest University Tennis Complex in
Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Benneteau broke down in bitter tears after losing to
hometown hero Isner 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

And Benneteau served out for the opening set, 6-4, the Frenchman took the first set.

But the American number three, Isner began to find his form in the second set. The big guy turned the tables to put pressure on the Benneteau serve. Using his height to full advantage at the net, Isner broke for a 5-3 lead.

Now playing with confidence and power, Isner made no mistake on his own serve, levelling the match at one-set apiece.

John Isner reacts after hitting a winning shot against
Julian Benneteau of France, in the championship match of the
Winston-Salem Open in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Aug.
27, 2011. Isner won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

And in the decider,the momentum was turning to the American. In the fifth game, after a gruelling rally, Benneteau hits backhand long, and Isner was in front, 3-2.

And at the match point, the American sealed the victory with a forehand winner, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.It's his third ATP title of his career and the second in two months.

Benneteau, meanwhile, was reduced to tears. Having won eight matches to reach the final - including three in qualifying - defeat was a bitter pill to swallow.

John Isner reacts after winning defeating Julien Benneteau, of France, in
the championship match of the Winston-Salem Open in Winston-Salem, N.C.,
Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. Isner won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

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