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Mardy Fish Repeats As Atlanta Tennis Championships Champion

 Mardy Fish made it back-to-back titles at the Atlanta Tennis Championships by defeating fellow American and friend John Isner. The two met in last year’s final with a similar result: Fish winning in three sets.
Just as it happened last year, Isner jumped out to an early lead. He won the first set 6-3 and was up an early break in the second set. Fish fought his way back into the set and forced a tiebreak, but it still seemed that the momentum on Isner’s side, and the Georgia faithful were cheering on their former four-time All-American. Fish went down 5-1 in the tiebreak, and was forced to save two championship points before coming back to win the tiebreak 9-7. He credited his ability to win points on his serve, but admitted that he was fortunate to escape the tiebreak and move on to the final set.
After splitting the first two sets, both players took a break to change and quickly recollect themselves before starting the final set of the tournament. Fish had a lot more confidence and was connecting on his shots. He had started to read Isner’s serve better and began taking control of the set. Fish was able to go up an early break and staved off two break points at 2-3 to lock control of the match. Fish went on to win 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-2.
In doubles, American Alex Bogomolov Jr.  and Australian Matthew Ebden defeated the German duo of  Matthias Bachinger and Frank Moser 3-6, 7-5 [10-8].
$ 531,000.00
JULY 16 - JULY 24, 2011

RESULTS - JULY 24, 2011
Singles - Finals

[1] M Fish (USA) d [3] J Isner (USA) 36 76(6) 62

Doubles - Finals

A Bogomolov Jr. (USA) / M Ebden (AUS) d M Bachinger (GER) / F Moser (GER) 36 75 10-8