John Isner Joins Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in Elite Group After Atlanta Open 2021 Victory

Published 08/02/2021, 2:40 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 6, 2021 John Isner of the U.S. celebrates winning his third round match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev REUTERS/Sergio Perez


American tennis player John Isner is easily one of the tallest players to ever step onto the tennis court. Considered one of the greatest servers the sport has ever seen, he has earned a ranking as high as being the eighth-best player in the world. 

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Recently, Isner won the ATP Atlanta Open title. It has been one of his most successful tournaments as he won it for the sixth time. In doing so, he has joined the elite list of players such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic of being able to win an event on so many occasions. 

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 24: John Isner of the United States reacts during his match against Albert Ramos Vinolas of Spain during Day 7 of the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Hard Rock Stadium on March 24, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

John Isner emerges on top

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After running through players such as Taylor Fritz and Jock Sock, Isner beat Brandon Nakashima in straight sets, 7-6(8), 7-5. With this win, John clinched his first title of the season. 

His season didn’t start off on a high note, though. While he skipped the Australian Open, he suffered early-round exits in Mexico and Miami. 

After that, he was seen on the clay courts of Madrid. He did perform better, but Dominic Thiem halted his journey in the quarterfinals. Then came the French Open, where lost to eventual finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round. 

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 17: John Isner of USA serves against Ugo Humbert of France in the first semi finalduring day five of the 2020 ASB Classic at ASB Tennis Centre on January 17, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

At the Wimbledon Championships, he lost in the opening round. However, things improved for the American player once he reached Los Cabos. While he lost to Brandon Nakashima in the Los Cabos Open semifinals, he avenged his loss by beating the 19-year-old in the finals at the ATP Atlanta Open.

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It’s great to see John back to winning ways and we wish him all the luck for the upcoming events. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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