By Alex Botoman
Two players who will be at the 2013 Winston-Salem Open next month captured ATP titles Sunday as two-time WSO champion John Isner won the BB&T Atlanta Open and Tommy Robredo took home the trophy at the Vegeta Croatia Open in Umag, Croatia.
In what was billed as the tallest ATP final of all time, 6-10 Isner squared off against 6-8 South African Kevin Anderson in Atlanta. The match went to three tiebreaks, and Isner, who owns an ATP-best 26-7 tiebreak record, took two of them to win 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2).
It was the first win in three trips to the Atlanta final for the former Georgia Bulldog, who had the full support of the crowd that included his college coach Manny Diaz. Isner now owns seven career ATP titles, including two this year after winning at Houston back in April.
Robredo continued his career resurgence by blasting red-hot Fabio Fognini 6-0, 6-3 in the Umag final, ending the Italian’s 13-match winning streak. Robredo has won two titles this year, with his first of the year also coming on red clay at Casablanca.
The Spaniard moved up to No. 23 in the ATP World Tour rankings this week – his highest ranking since 2010.
Players committed to play at the 2013 Winston-Salem Open have combined to win 10 titles so far this year on the ATP World Tour.