Dudi Sela advances to first ATP final since 2008

July 26, 2014 11:22 PM

Rick Limpert | Special to BB&T Atlanta Open

When the Tennis Channel put a graphic on the videoboard, during Saturday night's semifinal following the first set, explaining what Dudi Sela and Benjamin Becker were doing right and wrong, one line of the graphic stood out.

Next to Benjamin Becker and the headline, "What's Right," it said, "not much."

What it should've said was "Dudi Sela."

Sela continued his masterful play and booked a spot in his second career ATP World Tour event final. He lost in 2008 to Andy Roddick in the Beijing final. 

IMG_1760German Benjamin Becker bounced back to win the second set Saturday night before slipping in the third. (Tom Grayson/BB&T Atlanta Open)

Sela won the first set 6-3 as he took Becker completely out of his game, but the match ended up following the pattern of his quarterfinal match the night before, when his play slipped and he dropped the second set 6-3.

The Israeli right-hander then found his form early and benefitted from a Chase Review in the decider, to take the set 6-3.

"I think I played pretty good in the first and at the beginning of the second set,” said Sela. “I'm happy there is (this opportunity to) challenge and I played much better after that."

Sela is looking forward to a match against BB&T Atlanta Open defending champion John Isner, and a chance to get some revenge for losing to Isner earlier in 2014 at Delray Beach in a third-set tiebreak.

"(Isner) has a big serve and he can go for the balls sometimes. It's not going to be easy and I will have to put a lot of balls back."

Sela said the key to Sunday's match may be the guessing that he has to do on Isner's big first serve.

"To have to guess sometimes, but on the second ball I have to move quick and on the second ball try not to miss,” added Sela.