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Isner To Battle Sela For Atlanta Crown

Atlanta, U.S.A.

Isner© Bill Kallenberg/BB&T Atlanta OpenJohn Isner will contest his fourth Atlanta final in five years on Sunday.

Top seed John Isner reached his fourth final in five years at Atlantic Station after defeating fellow American Jack Sock 7-5, 6-4 in the BB&T Atlanta Open semi-finals on Saturday.

Isner, the defending champion, won 94 per cent of his first-serve points and broke twice during the 97-minute encounter. The 29 year old improves to 4-1 in the pair's FedEx ATP Head2Head series and avenges Sock's lone triumph, on the grass in the Newport quarter-finals two weeks ago.

"It was not easy conditions at all in the heat today," said Isner. "I thought I played pretty well. Jack is a really good player. I wanted to win that match."

The World No. 12 has led in aces hit this week, firing 55 total including eight during today's battle. Isner has reached the Atlanta final in four of the last five years, finishing runner-up in 2010 and 2011 (l. to Fish) and winning last year's title (d. Anderson). The 6'10" right-hander reached the semi-finals in 2012 (l. to Roddick).

Standing in between Isner and back-to-back Atlanta crowns is 29-year-old Dudi Sela, who secured his second appearance in an ATP World Tour final by edging German Benjamin Becker 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 50 minutes.

Sela struck three aces and won 54 per cent of his second-serve points against Becker, who he had not beaten in two previous meetings. The Tel Aviv resident broke Becker thrice and saved five of seven break points faced.

"I feel great [being in the final]. The atmosphere is great here in Atlanta," said Sela after the match. "The crowd support was incredible."

Sela's lone appearance in a final came in Beijing in 2008 (l. to Roddick). On Sunday, Sela will attempt to defeat Isner for the first time in three attempts.

The 33-year-old Becker was bidding for his second final of 2014, having upset three Top 50 opponents en route to a runner-up finish in 's-Hertogenbosch (l. to Bautista Agut) in June.

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Pospisil/Sock Face Johnson/Querrey For Title
Top seeds Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock bid for their second title in as many tournaments after securing a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Nicolas Barrientos and Victor Estrella Burgos on Saturday evening. The Canadian-American team will face Americans Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey, who advanced to their first team final with a 6-7(6), 7-5, 10-7 defeat of Kevin King and Michael Venus in 91 minutes.

Pospisil and Sock claimed the Wimbledon 2014 crown in their tournament debut this month, and currently sit in 10th place in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Race To London.

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