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Roddick holds off No. 1 seed Isner

Sun., July 22, 2012

ATLANTA – Andy Roddick, the No. 4 seed, beat top-seeded John Isner 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the semifinals of the Atlanta Open tennis tournament on Saturday night.

Roddick will play Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller, who beat No. 8 Go Soeda of Japan 6-4, 6-3, for his 32nd ATP World Tour title today.

A victory over Muller would give Roddick his 32nd tour title and second in his past three events.

Isner was attempting to win his second straight event for the first time in his seven-year career, but fell short in Atlanta for the third straight year.

Roddick avoided the aggravation of losing a second-set tiebreaker, breaking Isner in the 10th game of the third set to close out the match.

At 6-foot-4, Muller had 17 aces to Soeda’s two and finished the match in 1 hour, 13 minutes.

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