Latest 11 Jan 2014

Second Heineken Open title possible for Isner

Second Heineken Open title possible for Isner

After a week of world-class, the 2010 Heineken Open winner, John Isner, will take on Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu in today's Heineken Open final. This will be only the second time the pair have played each other-the first was in 2011, where Isner took the match 6-1, 6-2.

Isner has provided some of the closest matches of the tournament, most notably in his epic battle with another former champion, Philipp Kohlschreiber where the pair fought it out for over two hours, without a single break of serve. 

Isner also defeated Roberto Bautista-Agut in the first semi final, and qualifier, Lukas Lacko who had made it to the second round after he beat NZ's Rubin Statham. 

"I'm one match from winning this tournament, that would be amazing for me. That's my main focus,"says Isner.

"I'm glad to be back in NZ, I'm glad to be in a final outside of the US! I've always been very comfortable here in NZ."

Lu caused one of the biggest upsets of the tournament in last night's semi-final, by defeating four-time Heineken Open champion and world number three, David Ferrer.

Today's match will be Lu's first ATP final having only progressed as far as the quarter final in previous tournaments.

On his journey to the final, Lu knocked out US hopeful Steve Johnson, world number 95, Bradley Klahn and the Nertherlands', Igor Sijsling. Lu is currently ranked world number 62, while Isner sits at number 14.