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KYRGIOS SWEEPS ISNER FOR SECOND TITLE

ATLANTA — Nick Kyrgios withstood the intense heat and three-time defending champion John Isner's serve Sunday to win the Atlanta Open for his second ATP World Tour title.

The 21-year-old Australian, 10 years younger than the 6-foot-10 Isner, won 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4). Kyrgios matched Isner's powerful service game, especially in the tiebreakers, and topped the ace count 17-16.

"I knew it was going tough from the get-go; John just feels so comfortable out on that court," Kyrgios said. "I thought in the tiebreaks I didn't really miss a ball. … I just did all the right things. I stayed calm."

He won in Marseille, France, in February for his first tour title.

The match ended on Isner's fourth double fault. During Isner's 15-match Atlanta winning streak that ended Sunday, the former University of Georgia player was 12-2 in tiebreakers.

The 6-foot-4 Kyrgios didn't appear bothered by conditions that began with temperatures in the mid 90s, thick humidity and sunshine that helped raise the on-court temperature at Atlantic Station to 130 degrees. He played crisply, and the second-seed kept asking for balls quickly when he was serving so he could dictate tempo.

"I wasn't playing well at all at the start of the week," Kyrgios said. "I wasn't in a good place at all (mentally). Some things, I guess you can't explain."

Isner often bent over to rest between points and always took the maximum time on changeovers. The 10-time tour winner went through three sweat-soaked shirts to Kyrgios' one.

"When the sun was out and there weren't any clouds, I was really struggling," Isner said. "It was really hot. I hadn't played under the sun this week at all, so maybe it was a bit of an adjustment for me."

Kyrgios fought off three break points in the second game to even the set at 1.

"I think him holding that first game certainly was important. It definitely settled him down," Isner said.

ET CETERA

SOCCER: Clint Dempsey had his second career MLS hat trick, and the visiting Seattle Sounders beat Orlando City 3-1 to end a three-game winless streak. … Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored an 83rd-minute winner as Manchester United beat Leicester 2-1 in London to capture the Community Shield and earn Jose Mourinho his first trophy as the club's manager.

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Sports in brief 08/07/16 [Last modified: Sunday, August 7, 2016 10:18pm]
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