Sunday's Doubles Final is Set
ATLANTA, July 31, 2021 – Americans Brandon Nakashima and John Isner advanced to the singles finals on Sunday at the Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv, in Midtown, Atlanta.
Brandon Nakishima and Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori faced off in the first semifinal match Saturday. The 19-year-old American was seeking another finals appearance after losing to Cameron Norrie in last week’s championship match at Los Cabos. He got off to a rough start as Ruusuvuori immediately broke his serve in the match’s opening game. Nakishima only had a first serve percentage of 53% in the first set, leading to another break of serve at 3-5. With a missed slice backhand into the net, the first set went to the 22-year-old Finn, 6-3. Ruusuvuori was serving well and held the momentum going into the second set.
Despite this, it was Nakishima’s turn to break serve in the opening game of the second set. He easily consolidated and began serving better. He said he tweaked his technique a little bit, including minor changes with his ball toss.
“I knew that if I wanted to come back and win the match, I would have to pick up my serve a lot, and good thing I did,” he said.
Nakishima would not lose another service game after losing two in the first nine games. After holding at love, he clinched the second 6-4 and forced a deciding set.
Ruusuvuori took a 30-0 lead in the opening game of the third set and looked like he would open with a comfortable hold. However, Nakishima came roaring back and forced multiple Finnish backhand errors. In a rarity on The ATP Tour, all three opening games in sets were lost by the server. The American took a commanding 2-0 lead after consolidating the early break. Ruusuvuori had a break opportunity with Nakishima serving at 2-1 (30-40), but it was erased by a forehand winner and two aces. Both players would hold until 3-5 where Ruusuvuori would be serving to stay in the match. The game went to deuce and Nakishima smoked a backhand return, something he has consistently done this tournament, and set up match point. An error by Ruusuvuori sent Brandon Nakishima into the Finals of the 2021 Truist Atlanta Open, winning the third set 6-3. At just 19 years old, he is trying to become the youngest winner ever of this tournament and youngest American to win an ATP title since Andy Roddick’s 2002 Houston Triumph.
Nakashima said he will watch tonight’s match between Taylor Fritz and John Isner although he’s already played both this summer. He lost a four-setter to Fritz in the first round of Wimbledon June 30th and beat Isner in straight sets in the Los Cabos semifinal last week. This will be the fifth time two Americans will play for the Atlanta title in its 11-year history. The previous were John Isner VS Marty Fish in 2010/2011 and John Isner vs Ryan Harrison in 2017/2019.
Under the Saturday night lights at the Truist Atlanta Open, the all American semifinal match got underway. Taylor Fritz and John Isner battled and stayed on serve the entire first set to take it to a tiebreak. Isner took his game up a notch to win the tiebreak 7-4. The Americans went back to business in the second set by holding serve comfortably until 5 games all. Fritz broke Isner’s serve at love to lead 6-5 and to snag the set on his serve. Taylor Fritz won the second set, 7-5. Isner came into the third set strong by breaking Fritz at love to lead 2-0. After the Georgia bulldog consolidated his break, leading 3-0, Isner was in cruise control and closed out the match with little difficulty, 6-3 in the third set.
The second match of the day was a delayed quarterfinal match that pitted Australian / USA duos Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock against Steve Johnson and Jordan Thompson. Due to continuous rain delays, the originally scheduled Friday night match was moved to be played in the heat of the Saturday day session. In the first set, the momentum remained steady with both pairs holding serve steadily until Kyrgios was the first to drop his service game to go down 3-5. Johnson and Thompson would not let this opportunity go to waste and pounced to close out the opening set on serve by a score of 6-3.
Echoing the rhythm of the first set, the second set would again see the players battle back and forth with heavy forehand rallies capped by quick-paced volley exchanges. Each player was able to hold serve until 4-all when Jack Sock double faulted to set up his opponent for the chance to serve out the match. With neither of the two shying away from the pressure, it would be Johnson and Thompson who would show no mercy to close the match with a final score of 6-3 6-4.
RESULTS - JULY 31, 2021
 J. Isner (USA) d  T. Fritz (USA) 76(4) 57 63
[SE] B. Nakashima (USA) d E. Ruusuvuori (FIN) 36 64 63
S. Johnson (USA) / J. Thompson (AUS) d A. Popyrin (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS) 46 63 10-8
R. Opelka (USA) / J. Sinner (ITA) d M. Arevalo (ESA) / M. Reyes-Varela (MEX) 63 64
S. Johnson (USA) / J. Thompson (AUS) d [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) 63 64
ORDER OF PLAY - SUNDAY, AUGUST 01, 2021
STADIUM COURT start 5:00 pm
[SE] B. Nakashima (USA) vs  J. Isner (USA)
S. Johnson (USA) / J. Thompson (AUS) vs R. Opelka (USA) / J. Sinner (ITA)
“Atlanta Summer Fun Series” Concerts at Atlantic Station Ready to Hit the Stage
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.
Limited tickets remain available for days of tennis action which will run at Atlantic Station, July 24 – August 1, 2021.
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.
About the US Open Series
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.
About GF Sports and Entertainment
GF Sports & Entertainment is a global events and operations company that elevates the experience of live sports, entertainment and interactive events. The company owns two of the ATP Tour’s longest running American tennis tournaments, the Dallas Open and the Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv, as well as the National Lacrosse League New York Riptide. In partnership with the American Kennel Club (AKC), the leading registry and governing body of canine events in the United States, they operate the AKC Meet the Breedstouring show. GF Sports & Entertainment also incubates new and emerging sport concepts, this includes Wolf Pack Ninjas, which operates ninja-focused events globally.
GF Sports & Entertainment was founded in July 2015 by New York-based private equity firm GF Capital. For additional information, please visit http://www.gfsportsandentertainment.com/.
About The ATP
As the global governing body of men’s professional tennis, the ATP’s mission is to serve tennis. We entertain a billion global fans, showcase the world’s greatest players at the most prestigious tournaments, and inspire the next generation of fans and players. From the ATP Cup in Australia, to Europe, the Americas and Asia, the stars of the game battle for titles and FedEx ATP Rankings points at ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, and Grand Slams. All roads lead towards the Nitto ATP Finals, the prestigious season finale held in Turin, Italy. Featuring only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams, the tournament also sees the official crowning of the year-end ATP World No. 1, the ultimate achievement in tennis. For more information, please visit www.ATPTour.com.