Atlanta - Top-seeded John Isner won in his first match since
a marathon loss at Wimbledon, beating Alex de Minaur of Australia 6-3, 6-2 on
Wednesday night in the Atlanta Open.
The 33-year-old Isner, the defending champion at Atlantic
Station seeking his fifth title in the event, was coming off a 6-hour,
36-minute semi-final loss to Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon semi-finals that
ended with a 26-24 fifth set.
"I'm very mature now. I know what it takes to bounce
back from something like that," Isner said. "As soon as I got off the
plane I worked out actually. I have to keep my body constantly moving. Just
sitting on a couch for days on end, I would have felt even worse."
The 6-foot-10 former University of Georgia star won the
Miami Open in April for his 13th ATP Tour title and first Masters 1000 event
victory. He had an easy time with the 19-year-old de Minaur.
"It was a pretty comprehensive win," Isner said.
"You never know how you're going to come out. This was my first match on
hard court since Miami so it's been a little bit and hadn't practiced too much
because the focus was on resting after that long match."
Isner set up a quarter-final match against seventh-seeded
Mischa Zverev of Germany, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Russia's Mikhail Youzhny.
Eighth-seeded Ryan Harrison, the losing finalist last year,
advanced with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Lukas Lacko of Slovakia.
Third-seeded Chung Hyeon of South Korea beat Taylor Fritz
6-4, 7-6 (5) to set up a quarter-final against Harrison.