Ball of Timelessness

Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller


Andy Roddick knows John Isner’s serve is one of the toughest to face on the ATP World Tour.

To have a chance to beat Isner, Roddick had to protect his own serve.

“I did what I was supposed to,” Roddick said. “You’re not going to beat John if you get broken a lot. I was able to fight off a little bit of trouble early in the first set. I just competed well tonight.”

Roddick, the No. 4 seed, beat top-seeded John Isner 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the semifinals of the Atlanta Open on Saturday night.

Roddick will play Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller, who knocked off No. 8 Go Soeda of Japan 6-4, 6-3, for his 32nd ATP World Tour title on Sunday.

Muller will play for his first tour title.

At 6-foot-4, Muller had 17 aces to Soeda’s two and finished the match in…

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