Sela back to his best

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

TEN­NIS Dudi Sela fin­ished run­nerup at the At­lanta Open, go­ing down to de­fend­ing cham­pion Jon Is­ner 6-3, 6-4 in the fi­nal.

Play­ing in only his sec­ond ATP fi­nal, Sela, 29, was look­ing to be­come the first Is­raeli to win a ma­jor men’s sin­gles ti­tle since Amos Mansdorf in 1993, but he was blown away by the world no. 12 who is more than a foot taller.

“Los­ing the first game on serve against Is­ner made a huge dif­fer­ence,” said Sela. “It changed my strat­egy and it changed his and he went for his shots and played more freely.”

Sela rose six places in the ATP rank­ings to 88 af­ter three vic­to­ries in At­lanta, in­clud­ing wins over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil (36) in the quar­ter-fi­nal and Ger­many’s Ben­jamin Becker (56) in the semi-fi­nal.

Dudi Sela climbed six places in the rank­ings af­ter his ex­cel­lent run in At­lanta

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