World No 14 John Isner is the Heineken Open champion for the second time after defeating Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu 7-6 7-6 in today's final.
Isner came into his own in tiebreaks at the end of both sets to see off his opponent, who has a ranking of world ranking 62.
It was back in 2010 that Isner previously triumphed in Auckland and it remains the only tournament outside of the US the American has won.
For Lu, today was another courageous battle in which he produced some superb tennis, but he rarely came close to breaking Isner's powerful serve.
Both players rattled through the first set with Lu saving three break points while Isner fended off just the one.
Lu lost the first point of the tiebreak on his serve and soon found himself down 3-0 as Isner notched up his serving power - one ace hitting the line at 232kph - to take the set.
Lu fought back from being down 0-40 on his serve twice in the second set to again force his opponent into a tie-break.
This time Lu got a mini break from the first point but Isner fought back to 4-4. It looked like catastrophe for Lu when he double faulted at 5-5, but he managed to save a first championship point with a stunning backhand down the line.
He saved a second moments later but then volleyed into the net to give Isner a third chance which the American nailed with a 229kph serve that Lu could only just get a racquet to.
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