John Isner reaches Atlanta Open semifinals for 9th straight year

Isner reaches eighth Atlanta final, will face Harrison

The Australian is yet to drop a set in Atlanta, but will present a stern challenge against Wimbledon semi-finalist Isner, as he pursues a maiden ATP title. "It was a weird match". The 6-foot-10 former University of Georgia star won the Miami Open in April for his 13th ATP Tour title.

Ebden, 30, has not dropped a set this week, saving the only break point he faced to eliminate Baghdatis.

Isner, who is ranked No. 9 in the world, will seek his second title of the season and the 14th of his career.

Eight-seeded Ryan Harrison will face Isner in the final after holding off England's Cameron Norrie by a margin of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a semifinal that lasted one hour, 44 minutes. "I was struggling a little bit", Isner said of his previous match against Ebden.

The American was pushed to three sets by German sixth seed Mischa Zverev before prevailing 7-5 4-6 6-1.

"I've played both those guys before".

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"It was tough", Isner said.

Ebden, from Australia, beat local favourite Donald Young 6-4, 6-4.

But Isner acknowledged he had been fortunate to prevail over Harrison, the eighth seed, who took the first set and was clearly the better player early in the second. "Of course I'm very happy to be back I the final here".

Just a day after the Australian told reporters if he's playing his best it would be "tough to lose", Kyrgios had to call it quits after reportedly suffering a hip injury. He will face the victor of Friday night's match between Brit Cameron Norrie and second-seeded Australian Nick Kyrgios in the other semifinal. He had the home crowd on his side. I've been playing a lot of important matches lately - winning a round in Rome, my first match at a Slam and more.

Zverev had won all three of his matches against Isner past year. "We'll see if I can turn the tide".

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