Opelka/Sinner Victorious in Doubles
ATLANTA, Aug 1, 2021 – Americans Brandon Nakashima and John Isner squared off for the second time in two weeks, this time with an ATP 250 title on the line at the Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv, in Midtown, Atlanta.
Brandon Nakishima is one of the hottest players on the ATP Tour and John Isner is going for his sixth Atlanta title.
What a way to end an amazing week of tennis in Atlanta. After losing just over a week ago to Nakashima in the semifinals in Los Cabos, Isner evened the head to head in straight sets to win his sixth Atlanta Open title in nine tries. Nakashima didn’t go out without a fight, forcing a first set tie-breaker and fought off triple match point in the second set. Isner didn't let that bother him and kept forcing more break opportunities.
The only break in the match would come at 6-5 in the second set. A double fault by Nakashima on championship point would seal the win for Isner 7-6(8) 7-5.
Isner, who went to a deciding set in three of his five matches, clinched his first tour-level crown since 2019 Newport and is now 36-5 in Atlanta. The 36-year-old hit a tournament record 127 aces during the week.
John Isner quotes:
“Obviously I play a lot of tiebreakers. I've been on tour forever. I just think I got a little lucky today.”
“I think it will give me a lot of confidence. (In two weeks), I've played a lot of tennis. I'm not playing next week. I get to go home and chill out.”
On what he will do with his kids.: “If my kids are awake, I'll give them a hug.”
The future looks bright for Nakashima. At 19 years old, he is now the youngest finalist in the history of the Atlanta Open. His ranking will also improve after making two straight finals appearance in as many weeks.
Meanwhile, Isner has more to celebrate in this title. He now joins elite company with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Rodger Federer as the only active players to win six titles at a single tournament.
The Truist Atlanta Open would end with a bang as the doubles final commenced on stadium court. Reilly Opelka and Jannik Sinner faced off against Steve Johnson and Jordan Thompson in a clash to win the first doubles title of the 2021 US Open Series. Both teams came out firing in the first set, refusing to give up a service game until 4-all when Opelka and Sinner advanced to 5-4. Sinner maintained focus to lock in the set at 6-4.
The second set saw a different story as Johnson and Thompson were off to the races with a 4-2 lead. At this point, Sinner and Opelka regained focus and broke Johnson's serve, to advance 4-3. In this fight for the second set, both teams awed the crowd with fast-paced baseline rallies showcasing the sheer strength present on the court. Sinner and Opelka were able to force a second set tiebreaker but ultimately, Johnson and Thompson would prevail with an 8-6 tiebreak win.
On to the third set and a 10 point tiebreaker. Opelka and Sinner initially swung the momentum in their favor and after solidifying a 5-2 lead, they would not let this opportunity go to waste. Up 9-3 at match point, Sinner fired off an ace to clinch the 2021 title.
RESULTS - AUGUST 01, 2021
 J. Isner (USA) d [SE] B. Nakashima (USA) 76(8) 75
R. Opelka (USA) / J. Sinner (ITA) d S. Johnson (USA) / J. Thompson (AUS) 64 67(6) 10-
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The 2021 Atlanta Summer Fun Series at Atlantic Station will wrap-up next weekend with two exciting concerts – dance music duo Loud Luxury on Saturday, August 7 and gospel music sensations Dorinda Clark-Cole, Byron Cage and Bishop William Murphy with special guests Pastor E. Dewey Smith, Chase Williams & Shabach, and Jason Clayborn & The Atmosphere Changers on Sunday, August 8. The concerts will be held at the stadium on the Pinnacle Lot that was constructed for the Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv. Tickets are available for both shows via SeatGeek.
About the Truist Atlanta Open
The Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv is held each year in July in Atlantic Station and is one of the summer tournaments in the US Open Series. The tournament features men’s top world tennis players in singles and doubles competition. Approximately 40,000 fans attend the tournament and bring an estimated economic impact of $10.3 million to Atlanta. Alex de Minaur won the 2019 title and Amerian John Isner won the 2018 singles championship as well as the 2017, 2015, 2014 and 2013 titles. Andy Roddick won his last ATP World Tour title when he defeated Gilles Muller at the 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open. Mardy Fish holds the title for 2011 and 2010. With 275 years of combined BB&T and SunTrust history, Truist is one of the nation's largest financial services holding companies offering a wide range of services including retail, small business and commercial banking; asset management; capital markets; commercial real estate; corporate and institutional banking; insurance; mortgage; payments; specialized lending and wealth management.
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The US Open Series serves as a true “regular season” of summer tennis in North America, linking nine summer WTA and ATP Tour tournaments to the US Open. Featuring a cohesive weekly schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today's top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow's emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grass-roots youth tennis clinics and activities.
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