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John Isner advances to Atlanta final for second straight year

- Associated Press - Saturday, July 23, 2011

NORCROSS, Ga. — John Isner overwhelmed Gilles Muller in the third set and has reached the Atlanta Tennis Championships final for the second straight year.

Isner beat Muller 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-1 on Saturday and will face either top seed Mardy Fish or 19-year-old Ryan Harrison in Sunday's final. Fish beat Isner in the 2010 final.

In the key game of the match, the 6-foot-9 Isner hit an overhand winner to break Muller's serve for a 2-0 lead in the third set. Muller reacted by slamming his racket to the court, demolishing the racket.

Muller never recovered. Isner broke the left-hander's serve again for a 4-0 lead.

It was the second straight year Isner, the former University of Georgia star, beat Muller, from Luxembourg, in three sets in Atlanta.

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