Vasek Pospisil and John Isner played their first match in two years on Wednesday at the BB&T Atlanta Open. Isner received a bye into the second round while Pospisil toughed out a three sets win over Bjorn Fratangelo on Tuesday night.
Isner leads the pairs head-to-head record 3-2 but they haven’t faced each other since Coupe Rogers in 2015. Four of their five encounters have gone the distance. Isner is a three-time champion in Atlanta and entered the match against Pospisil off a title run in Newport and winning his last eight sets played.
Pospisil got off to a slow start and trailed 0-3, only managing to win 50% of his service points in the early stages. Frustration became visible for the Canadian who could not find a rhythm on his serve or return game.
One break was enough for Isner who took the opening set 6-3 in 29 minutes. He only dropped one point on serve.
The second set started much better for Pospisil who started out with a hold to love. Isner got his second break of the match for a 3-2 lead and, once again, one break was enough for the American to win the set 6-4 to win the match and his 10th straight set.
Isner did not offer any chance for Pospisil’s return game, having only dropped two points on serve. Pospisil did not see a break point opportunity but faced five of his own.
In doubles action, Adil Shamasdin and partner Andres Molteni pulled off an upset in Atlanta by defeating no. 2 seeds Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus in three sets: 6-4, 0-6, 10-7. Over in Hamburg, Daniel Nestor and partner Max Mirnyi advanced to the second round after defeating Argentinian duo Federico Delbonis and Leonardo Mayer in straight sets: 6-3, 6-4.