Tennis: American Isner wins Auckland for 1st tour title
AUCKLAND, New Zealand — American John Isner defeated Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (2) today to win the Heineken Open for his first ATP Tour singles title.
The 6-foot-9 Isner had 22 aces and only two double-faults.
Isner got good news about his Australian Open draw. With the withdrawal of No. 15 seed Gilles Simon, Isner moved up as the 33rd highest-ranked player and will face Italian Andres Seppi in the first round.
Also, Marcus Daniell became the first New Zealander in 11 years to win an ATP Tour doubles title, teaming with Romania's Horia Tecau to beat Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares 7-5, 6-4.