Isner captures second Auckland title

Auckland, New Zealand ( - American John Isner won his second Heineken Open tennis tournament in Auckland with a 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (9-7) victory over Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu.

Isner, the 2010 champion, fired 23 aces past Lu to capture his eighth career title in his 17th final.

"I wish it didn't have to be so close at the end, it gives me a lot of grey hairs," Isner said. "But I'm so happy. To say this was unexpected, coming into the tournament, would be a huge understatement. Sometimes that's how things work out. You come in with low expectations, the pressure's off, and things tend to work out. That was the case this week."

The 30-year-old Lu, who took down three-time defending champion David Ferrer in the semifinals, played in his first-ever ATP final on Saturday.

"He just served incredibly," Lu said. "There was one period of time when I couldn't read his serve. Even sometimes, when I guessed right, I still couldn't really get the ball back. I started well, I managed one break point, but he's No. 14 in the world and his serve is his main weapon. I had a great week and I'm happy with my performance. I hope I can keep it going now into next week."

The third-seeded Isner improved to 2-0 lifetime against Lu, with the other victory coming in Atlanta three years ago.

Isner took home $82,500 with the victory.