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.