The third time proved to be the charm for John Isner in Sunday's final of the BB&T Atlanta Open.
The top-seeded American outlasted Kevin Anderson, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2), in a match that lasted roughly three hours and featured no breaks of serve.
Isner, who saved all 11 break points he faced, finally prevailed at this event after finishing as the runner-up to countryman Mardy Fish in 2010 and 2011. He swatted 24 aces, three more than the second-seeded Anderson, and concluded the week with 95.
The 28-year-old Isner had won 12 straight tie-breaks before dropping the first set.
Isner improved to 7-7 in career finals and 6-3 lifetime against the South African.
This was the tallest final in ATP history between the 6-foot-10 Isner and 6- foot-8 Anderson.