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ATLANTA -- Top-seeded defending champion John Isner advanced to the Atlanta Open final for the fourth time in the tournaments five-year history, beating practice partner Jack Sock 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday. As the 12th-ranked Isner seeks his ninth career title on Sunday, Dudi Sela will try to win his first. The 94th-ranked Israeli player beat Germanys Ben Becker 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in a night match. Isner improved to 15-3 in the event after saving his best for the end of each set. The former University of Georgia star broke Socks service twice -- each time to capture a set. "Ive made four finals here. Winston-Salem is my hometown. This feels like my hometown because I went to school here," Isner said. "I feel like its my time of year to play well, and start picking up the pace a little bit." Before the final game of the first set, Isner won only two points against Socks first five service games. Then, in a game that lasted 14 minutes and reached deuce nine times, Isner won 13 points, survived six game points, and took the set when Sock sent a backhand wide. That was Socks third backhand of the set. All three were unforced errors. "I wasnt putting any pressure on him, but I told myself that might work to my favour (to crank up his energy)," Isner said. "If I could put a little pressure on him, maybe he could crack a little bit and . . . second set, same thing." Serving at 4-5 in the second set, Sock -- who three weeks ago teamed with Vancouvers Vasek Pospisil to win the doubles title at Wimbledon -- double faulted twice. When Sock sent his last forehand into the net, Isner moved through to the Atlanta final yet again. He lost in there in 2010 and 2011 to Mardy Fish, and fell in the 2012 semifinals to eventual champion Andy Roddick. As Isner began timing Socks first serves better, Sock took off some pace. That may have worked against him. "Against John, you dont have many chances at all. I had a good look at a backhand pass," Sock said. "I think it was a combination of me missing first serves, and him moving in a few feet closer (to return). "Usually, when he gets his racket on it, he hits it pretty clean. I started missing first serves, and hes dangerous on the second." Sock is ranked 72nd, but will become the second-highest ranked American when the new rankings come out -- moving ahead of Sam Querrey (61) and Steve Johnson (64). Querrey won a first-round match over Johnson in Atlanta before falling in the second round. When the 5-foot-9 Sela meets the 6-10 Isner, it will be just the second ATP final of his career. He lost to Andy Roddick in Beijing in 2008 in the first. Sela made a difference by winning 54 per cent of his second serves to just 41 per cent for Becker. The match clincher came after a 79 mph second serve. Isner often tops 140 mph. "I feel great," Sela said. "I came out playing well, and (Becker) began to play better, more aggressively. I was a bit lucky at the beginning of the third set and I was able to finish it out." Pospisil and Sock played Nicolas Barrientos and Victor Estrella Burgos in a doubles semifinal Saturday night for the right to face Querrey and Johnson in the final. Brandon Pirri Jersey . Ferrer was unable to find his rhythm in losing 6-4, 6-2 to Teymuraz Gabashvili in his opening match while Nadal struggled past fellow Spanish player Albert Ramos 7-6 (2), 6-4. Nadal eventually overcame his 103rd-ranked opponent to reach the third round, rebounding from a surprise loss to Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals. Glenn Anderson Jersey . Colorado came up big against Chicago last spring, and repeated that performance Tuesday night. Varlamov stopped 36 shots and Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche in a 5-1 victory over the Blackhawks. - Klay Thompson is quickly proving he is worth every penny of his recently signed four-year contract extension. Brady Skjei Jersey . Kerber will next play Estonias Kaia Kanepi, who beat American qualifier Victoria Duval 6-1, 6-3. In other first-round matches, Lucie Safarova beat 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-4 and American Bethanie Mattek-Sands had a 6-4, 6-3 win over Canadas Eugenie Bouchard. Eddie Giacomin Jersey . 22. Wade averaged 26.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals while leading the Heat to a 3-0 record. The 31-year-old shot 60 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range en route to his 17th weekly honor.It looks like Francis Bouillon will be playing hockey on a different continent this season. According to his agent, Don Meehan, Bouillon has agreed to join HC Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss League. The 38-year-old defenceman was releassed by the Montreal Canadiens last week after he attended training camp on a tryout.dddddddddddd Bouillon recorded two goals and four assists over 52 games last year with the Habs, his 11th season in Montreal. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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