John Isner almost made the best possible start US Open preparation by narrowly failing to beat Mardy Fish in the final of the Atlanta Tennis Championships. The tournament was the first of ten in the Olympus US Open Series, a collection of tennis fixtures that serve as preparation for the US Open, in August.
The final of the Atlanta Open was a repeat of the 2010 final and the result was identical, as Fish battled back from two match points down to claim consecutive Atlanta titles.
Fish defeated youngster, Ryan Harrison, in straight sets to advance to the main event at the Atlanta Open, while Isner ousted Luxembourg player, Gilles Muller, 7-5 6-7 6-1 in the semi-finals, to claim hisspot in the final for the second year in a row.
Despite their success in Atlanta, Fish and Isner are 100/1 shots in the US Open tennis odds
Isner, known for his powerful serve, and for playing the longest tennis match in history, at 11hrs and 5mins, has demonstrated some ability to excel at recent events. He won the doubles competition at the Hopman Cup in January 2011, and claimed the gold at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, earlier this month. However, he has never progressed beyond the fourth round at a Grand Slam, chiefly due to the efforts of Spanish player, Rafael Nadal. Those who bet on tennis at Betfair
would be surprised if Isner improved his record this year.
Much like Andy Murray, confidence will be key to Isner if he hopes to contend with Federer, Djokovic, and his nemesis at the 2011 French Open, Nadal, at Flushing Meadows.