Roddick topples Isner to reach Atlanta Open final

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Andy Roddick defeated John Isner  in the Atlanta Open semifinals and will take on Gilles Muller in today's final, vying for his 32nd ATP title.  JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Andy Roddick defeated John Isner in the Atlanta Open semifinals and will take on Gilles Muller in today's final, vying for his 32nd ATP title.

ATLANTA —No. 4 seed Andy Roddick beat top-seeded John Isner 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the semifinals of the Atlanta Open on Saturday night.

Roddick will play for his 32nd ATP World Tour title today against Gilles Muller, who knocked off No. 8 Go Soeda 6-4, 6-3.

Isner, a former Georgia Bulldogs star, was attempting to win back-to-back events for the first time in his seven-year career, but fell short in Atlanta for the third consecutive year. He lost to Mardy Fish in the past two Atlanta finals.

Roddick, who has won nine of his past 10 matches, will team up with Isner as U.S. doubles partners when the Olympics begin next week at Wimbledon.

The first set was delayed 44 minutes after Isner took a 3-2 lead. When play resumed, Roddick won four of the next five games and won the set as Isner struggled with his forehand accuracy.

Muller had 17 aces to Soeda’s two, winning in 1 hour, 13 minutes. Muller is 0-2 in career finals and last played for a title in 2005.

Muller advanced to the quarterfinals Thursday when second-seeded Mardy Fish had to withdraw with a sprained right ankle. Fish was leading the match when he retired in the second set.

MERCURY INSURANCE OPEN: In Carlsbad, Calif., second-seeded Dominika Cibulkova beat Nadia Petrova 7-6 (8), 6-1 on Saturday to reach the finals of the Mercury Insurance Open.

After Cibulkova came back in the tiebreaker to pull out the first set, she dominated the second set over a visibly tired Petrova to reach her second final of the season.

The fourth-seeded Petrova called for the trainer for heat illness at the end of the tiebreaker.

Cibulkova, looking for her first title of the season, will face either top-seeded Marion Bartoli or qualifier Chan Yung-Jan in today’s final.

GERMAN CHAMIONSHIPS: In Hamburg, Germany,t hird-seeded Juan Monaco and veteran Tommy Haas will play for the title.

Monaco upset top-seeded and last year’s finalist Nicolas Almagro 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday. Haas defeated fourth-seeded Marin Cilic 7-6 (7), 6-0.

Monaco reached his second final in two weeks.

He was runner-up in Stuttgart and is seeking his third clay-court title of the season.

SWEDISH OPEN: In Stockholm, defending champion Polona Hercog advanced to today’s final where she will face Mathilde Johansson.

The 21-year old Slovenian on Saturday eased through her semifinal on the Bastad Tennis Stadium the clay court, beating Mona Barthel 6-1, 6-3.

Johansson ousted Johanna Larsson also in straight sets, winning 6-4, 6-4.


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