Up Close at Citi Open Tennis (photos)

John Isner extends for a forehand volley in final set against eventual winner Juan Martin del Potro  (all photos by Jeff Malet)
Jeff Malet
John Isner extends for a forehand volley in final set against eventual winner Juan Martin del Potro (all photos by Jeff Malet)

Top-seeded and world-ranked Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina won his third singles championship at the Citi Open Tennis Tournament in three sets against top-ranked American John Isner Aug. 4 at William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Stadium in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. The victory earned del Potro $295,000 in prize money and capped off an excellent week of tennis. Del Potro limited Isner to six aces, after the American pounded 29 in the semifinals. Known for his powerful serve, Isner recorded speeds just short of 150 MPH in an earlier match. Del Potro countered in part by standing well back of the baseline to receive. Defending Citi Open champion Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia later defeated Andrea Petkovic of Germany in the women's final in straight sets. In Sunday's first match, American Mardy Fish, playing only his fourth event of the year, partnered with Radek Stepanek (Czech Rep.) in the doubles finals but lost out to Julien Benneteau (France) and Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia). The women’s doubles title was claimed by top seeds Shuko Aoyama (Japan) and Vera Dushevina (Russia) in a straight set victory against the North American teenagers Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) and Taylor Townsend (USA) who were partnering for just the first time since winning the Junior Girls’ Doubles title at Wimbledon last year.

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