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  • 13 Jun
    ATLANTA -- Top-seeded John Isner and second-seeded Kevin Anderson set up what Atlanta Open officials will be the "tallest" final in ATP Tour history. The 6-foot-10 Isner beat Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Saturday, and the 6-8 Anderson topped American Ryan Harrison 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the night semifinal. Isner is 5-3 as a pro against Anderson, and they played several times before that. "Weve been playing each other since, I think the first time was the fall of 2005 (when Isner was at the University of Georgia and Anderson at Illinois)," Anderson said. "We both serve quite well. ... I definitely think there have been times when the success hes had has pushed me to do well." Isner lost in the Atlanta finals in 2010 and 2011 to fellow American Mardy Fish. "Its my third final here, and I would certainly like to win it but Im not putting any extra pressure on myself," Isner said. Isner took the first set against Hewitt, winning 88 per cent of all points on first serve and 68 per cent on second. Ther American had 10 of his 21 aces after ringing up 50 in his first two matches of the tournament. "My weapon is my serve," Isner said after breaking the Australian with a cross-court forehand to end the set. "His weapon is his return so it was a fun match." Hewitt, the former world No. 1, began figuring out the booming serves and spinners, and broke Isner twice to win the second set. "He anticipates so well," Isner said after moving to 2-4 against Hewitt. "Hes not one of those guys that goes back to the fence and (waits for hard serves). Its similar to (No. 1 Novak) Djokavic. He just absorbs 140 mph serves from me. If I dont hit my spot, its coming back." Hewitt was not available after the match because he and countryman Chris Guccione were resting for a late doubles semifinal match against Britons Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray. In the third set, the players stayed on serve until the tiebreaker, but not without scares. At 3-3, Isner fought off triple service break with five straight service winners. "It doesnt look good for me if I go down a break 4-3 in the third," Isner said. "That was a huge game, massive game, and . . . saved the match for me." He also survived a break before going up 6-5. Isner took leads of 3-0 and 4-1 in the tiebreaker. Hewitt clawed back to 5-5 with one more serve. After returning it, Isner moved forward. That had not worked well earlier as hed bumped several short Hewitt volleys back into the net. But the big guy didnt want to bang balls back and forth. A defensive backhand slice went hard left beyond Hewitts to put Isner up 6-5. "A guy like (Hewitt), chances are hes not going to tighten up and make a loose mistake. And hes better than me from the baseline," Isner said. "At that moment, I was a little bit tired . . . and I wanted to play that point aggressively." When Hewitt sent Isners next serve far wide right, the American pushed his ATP-best tiebreaker mark to 24-6 while Hewitt fell to 5-6. In the only Isner-Anderson match this year, Isner won in straight sets in February in Delray Beach, Fla. The second-seeded Anderson, from South Africa, is ranked No. 21 in the world, and will move into the top 20 with a win. Isner is No. 22 with a chance to pass Sam Querry (20) as the highest-ranked American with a win. Cheap Devils Jerseys . But when it comes to determining if Raymond will find a place on the Leafs roster when training camp concludes in a week, well, that decision will ultimately fall to the head coach. Cheap Custom Devils Jersey . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. http://www.customdevilsjersey.com/ . JOHNS, N. 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A lot of wedges into a lot of the holes.The two-time major champion has three top-20 finishes on the senior tour, the best a tie for 11th in July in New York at the Dicks Sporting Goods Open.Ive been hitting it pretty good and just the two weeks off did me some good, Daly said. My shoulders still not good, but Im able to hit full shots. Im struggling with three-quarter shots, which might not make sense, but every time I try to pinch one, it hurts like heck. But the full shots are OK and luckily thats what I had coming down the stretch today.Haas made an 18-foot birdie putt on 18 to match Mayfair at 64.Ive always played this course well, said Haas, the 2007 winner. I lost the next year in a playoff to Bernhard (Langer), and then the next two years, probably playing as good as I could play in my Champions Tour career. ... Ive had some good success here and I just like the golf course. It seems to set up nicely for me and looks good to my eye.Mayfair eagled the par-5 third and had six birdies -- four on the last fiive holes -- and one bogey.dddddddddddd Hes making his sixth start on the tour after turning 50 in August.Youve got to get out on Friday and get off to a good start, said Mayfair, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour. Youre going to have to shoot this every day to have a chance to win.In his Champions debut, he tied for second behind Gene Sauers in the U.S. Senior Open.I really want to come out here and have fun and enjoy myself but be very competitive, Mayfair said.Larry Mize, Paul Goydos and Michael Allen shot 65. Mize played the back-nine in 5-under 31.Ive been trying too hard, Mize said. I tried to just relax and have fun. As crazy as it sounds, care a little less and just go out there and dont let anything bother you and just have a good time.Goydos birdied four of the first five holes.The golf course is there to be had, but if you hit in the wrong place here, youre going to make bogeys, Goydos said. Today, I probably should have made three bogeys and I made none.Ross Cochran shot 66, and defending champion Duffy Waldorf was at 67 along with Daly, Mark Calcavecchia, Ian Woosnam, Joey Sindelar, Mark Brooks, Jay Don Blake, John Cook, Fred Funk, Billy Andrade, Jerry Smith, Doug Garwood and brothers Bart and Brad Bryant.Colin Montgomerie had a 68. Hes coming off a victory two weeks ago in British Columbia.Langer, the tour leader with four victories, is taking the week off. He also tops the money list and Charles Schwab Cup points standings. ' ' '