Isner wins in Auckland
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP)—Former ITA National Player of the Year, John Isner beat France’s Arnaud Clement 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (2) on Saturday to win the Heineken Open for his first ATP Tour singles title.
The 6-foot-9 Isner had 22 aces and only two double faults in the match.
Also, Marcus Daniell became the first New Zealander in 11 years to win an ATP Tour doubles title, teaming with Romania’s Horia Tecau to beat Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares 7-5, 6-4.
Isner also got good news about his Australian Open draw. With the withdrawal of No. 15 seed Gilles Simon, Isner moved up to a seeding as the 33rd highest-ranked player and will face Italian Andres Seppi in the first round.