Auckland, New Zealand
RESULTS - SATURDAY, 11 JANUARY 2014
Singles - Final
 J Isner (USA) d Y
Lu (TPE) 76(4) 76(7)
Doubles - Final
 J Knowle
(AUT) / M Melo (BRA) d  A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
46 63 10-5
ISNER WINS EIGHTH TITLE; KNOWLE/MELO CLAIM DOUBLES CROWN
• World No. 14 John Isner claimed his eighth ATP
World Tour title.
• The American won his first
title at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament in 2010. His
two titles in Auckland are the only trophies he has won
outside of the U.S.A.
• The 28 year old finished
the tournament with a 6-1 tie-break record and 79 aces.
• At the age of 30, Lu was contesting his first ATP
World Tour final, having knocked out four-time champion
and World No. 3 David Ferrer in the semi-finals.
Julian Knowle and Marcelo Melo rallied from down a set
and a break twice to defeat Alexander Peya and Bruno
Soares in a clash of countrymen.
• It was the
tandem’s first title in just their second tournament
together on the ATP World Tour.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Isner: "I wish it didn't have to be
so close at the end, it gives me a lot of grey hairs.
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.
it was going to be a tough match. I knew he was playing
well. It was, obviously, extremely tight. I thought it
was my best performance all week. I was very happy with
how I played. Apart from all the break points missed, I
was extremely happy with everything. I felt like I was
hitting the ball the best I have all week and that's a
very good sign going forward.
favour me a bit, given I can get free points on my
serve. When it comes down to a situation like a
tie-break, I usually have a bit more adrenaline. I'm a
little more keyed in on my serve. I'm normally serving
my best in that situation and it puts a lot of pressure
on my opponent."
Lu: "He just served incredibly. 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
Knowle: “We tried to play
point-for-point and see what happens. We came back in
the end and we got through. It was crucial that we never
give up and believe that we can turn it around.”
Melo: “Today we knew we’d have a really
tough match. I played against them a couple of times…We
were fighting until the very end and we played a really
good end of the second set and Match Tie-break.”