John Isner edges Lleyton Hewitt to book clash with Kevin Anderson

Isner, a two-time Atlanta runner-up seeking his seventh career ATP crown, improved to 4-2 against Hewitt and avenged two losses to the Aussie this year -- in the second round at Indian Wells and earlier this month in the semi-finals at Newport.

updated: July 28, 2013 10:45 IST
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Atlanta: Top seed John Isner and second-seeded Kevin Anderson set up an Atlanta Open final billed as the tallest in ATP tour history with semi-final triumphs on Saturday.

Isner fired 21 aces in a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5) victory over Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt, while South Africa's Anderson saved two set points in the 12th game of the second frame to force the tiebreaker en route to a 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Ryan Harrison.

In a rivalry that dates back to their US university days, the 2.06 metre tall Isner and 2.03m tall Anderson have met eight times previously, but never in a final. Isner has won five of those meetings, most recently in the quarter-finals at Delray Beach this year.

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