ATP wrap: John Isner claims fifth Atlanta crown; history made in Hamburg

Michael Graham
John Isner: Atlanta Open winner
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 29: John Isner poses with the trophy after defeating Ryan Harrison during the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on July 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

John Isner has claimed his fifth Atlanta Open title, beating Ryan Harrison in the final.

The top seed had to recover from a slow start but rounded off an impressive 5-7 6-3 6-4 win to continue what has been a superb season.

Isner has reached his maiden Grand Slam semi-final this year as well as winning the Miami Open back in April.

“I realize I was fortunate today,” Isner said.

“I’ve been on the other end where you have four or five chances to put your stamp on the match and you don’t get it, and I just had one chance, and played a good point, and was able to win the second set, and had one chance in the third and got up early.

“That’s how our sport goes sometimes, and I was very fortunate today.”

Elsewhere, history was made in Hamburg, where world number 81 Nikoloz Basilashvili beat two-time German Open winner Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 to become the first Georgian to win an ATP title.

“I’m extremely tired, I played seven matches. I literally gave, in every match, my heart,” Basilashvili said afterwards.

“I’m pretty sure every player worked so hard for this, but it’s an unbelievable moment for me.”

Matteo Berrenttini also claimed his maiden ATP Tour title as he bested second-seed Roberto Bautista Agut to win Gstaad.