John Isner of the U.S returns to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during their men's singles match on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Tim Ireland
August 03, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) John Isner opened his bid for a fourth straight BB&T Atlanta Open title Wednesday night, overpowering France's Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-0.

Isner had 16 aces on the Atlantic Station hardcourt in the warmup event for the U.S. Open.

The top-seeded former University of Georgia star has reached the finals in Atlanta five of the previous six years and is 21-3 in the event. He has 10 ATP Tour titles.

In the quarterfinals, the 6-foot-10 American will face the winner of a late match between eighth-seeded Taylor Fritz and fellow American Bjorn Fratangelo.

Seventh-seeded Donald Young and fellow American Reilly Opelka set up a quarterfinal matchup in the afternoon session. Young beat countryman Tim Smyczek 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-3, and Opelka upset third-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa,6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5.

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