Isner beats ailing Baghdatis to win Atlanta title again

Sun Aug 2, 2015 7:43pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Top seed John Isner cruised to his third consecutive Atlanta Open title when he beat hobbled Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets in the final on Sunday.

Isner took almost exactly an hour to dispose of Cypriot Baghdatis 6-3 6-3 on a hot afternoon on the outdoor hardcourt in Georgia.

The tall American used his biggest weapon, dropping just three points on serve, to secure his 10th ATP title.

It was hardly a fair fight, though, because Baghdatis's movement was hampered from the start by what he said later was an old abductor injury that flared up.

Baghdatis got slower as the match progressed and an injury time-out after the first set did not help matters. He barely went through the motions in the second set but did not forfeit the match.

"I didn’t want to win like that," Isner, 30, said at the on-court victory presentation.

"I hope you’re back healthy and back on tour in just a little bit. You’re a class act and I enjoyed playing you today.

"I feel at home on this court. I play so well here."

Fifth seed Baghdatis, in his first final since 2011, apologized to the crowd.   Continued...

USA's John Isner in action during his quarter final match at the Aegon Championships at Queens Club, London, in this file photo taken on June 19, 2015. Action Images via Reuters / Paul Childs