Isner wins in Auckland

  • Last Updated: January 11 2014, 12:20 GMT

John Isner won his eighth ATP World Tour title with victory over Lu Yen-hsun at the Heineken Open in Auckland.

John Isner: Champion in Auckland
John Isner: Champion in Auckland

Third seed Isner needed two tie-breaks to see off first-time finalist Lu, the American winning 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (9/7).

Isner won the first title of his career at the New Zealand tournament in 2010, and the two trophies are the only ones he has collected outside of the US.

The 28-year-old, who almost did not start the tournament because of an ankle injury, said: "I wish it didn't have to be so close at the end, it gives me a lot of grey hairs. But I'm so happy.

"To say this was unexpected, coming into the tournament, would be a huge understatement. Sometimes that's how things work out. You come in with low expectations, the pressure's off, and things tend to work out. That was the case this week."

Isner plays lucky loser Martin Klizan in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

He added: "I'm going to go into the Australian Open with a lot of confidence, which players will tell you, is sometimes hard to come by. I'm one of the few players going there on a winning streak, so I have that on my side."

Meanwhile, Lu meets qualifier Jimmy Wang, his Chinese Taipei compatriot.

Lu beat defending champion David Ferrer in the semi-finals, and he said: "I had a great week and I'm happy with my performance. I hope I can keep it going now into next week."

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