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John Isner defends in Winston-Salem

Updated: August 25, 2012, 6:21 PM ET
Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- John Isner admitted the Winston-Salem Open final wasn't the best tennis he's played this season.

Still, the end result was just what Isner hoped for -- another momentum-building victory heading into the U.S. Open.

Isner won his second straight Winston-Salem title Saturday, battling through a third-set tiebreaker to beat seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (11-9).

Isner had 22 aces, but needed to overcome his own mistakes ...

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