Roddick downs Isner to reach Atlanta final
"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."
Isner, who will team up with Roddick for the doubles when the Olympic tennis program gets underway in a week’s time at Wimbledon, struggled after a 44 minute rain delay in the opening set, missing a series of forehands.
Before the delay Isner, who was looking to reach a third successive Atlanta final, was leading 3-2 but Roddick won four of the next five games after the match resumed as he stormed to the first set.
The second set was tighter with Roddick eventually dropping his advantage in the tie-break. But the fourth seed bounced back to break in the third set, breaking in the 10th game to secure the win.
"(It) was pretty apparent to see," Isner said. "I missed a lot of forehands.
“Then again, in all of my matches this tournament, I missed a lot of forehands. For me to play and do well in the tournament, I need that shot. It wasn't really there for me."
The third seed continued his rich vein of form - he also made the final of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, where he lost to Janko Tipsarevic - to come back against the Spaniard after losing the first set.
The 28-year-old was clinical on return, winning five of eight points at break point as he ground his way to victory in just over two hours.
34-year-old Haas had to graft to get past the Croatian fourth seed in the first set, but romped to the second set, dropping just five points on his serve in the process.
"Tommy is an old player but very experienced and he will be the hero of the crowd," said Monaco, looking ahead o the final. "So, it’s going to be a difficult match."
In Gstaad, top seed Janko Tipsarevic will go in search of back-to-back titles after reaching the final of the Swiss Open with a 7-6(10) 6-3 victory over Paul Henri-Mathieu.
World number 172 Mathieu, coming back to form after long-standing knee problems, belied his ranking to push the world number eight hard, but the Serbian fashioned eight break point chances and took two of them to wrap up the win.
"The first set could have gone either way," admitted Tipsarevic. "I think he went for too much in some occasions in the second set and I was just more solid than him. I needed some time to adjust to the conditions here. I somehow survived the early rounds and here I am in the final."
In the final Tipsarevic takes on Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, who was the first man through with a narrow 7-6(3) 7-6(5) victory over Grigor Dimitrov.
There was little to separate the two players, both unseeded in Switzerland, but the left-hander held his nerve when it mattered most.
The world number 60 won 89 points in the match to 82, but triumphed in both tie-breaks to win through in one hour 55 minutes.