Top-seeded John Isner came into the week wondering what was wrong with his game and left with his second straight Hall of Fame Tennis Championships title.
The hard-serving Isner put on a performance similar to last year and defended his title by beating Australia's Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (1), 6-4 on Sunday afternoon.
The 6-foot-9 American was not broken in the match to earn his fourth career ATP title. He held serve in 57 of 58 games in the tourney.
''I gained a lot of confidence from this week, just like I did last year,'' said Isner, who entered the tournament fresh off a first-round loss at Wimbledon. ''The first match was the toughest. I easily could have lost that match. I feel like I got better each and every match.''
Isner used his overpowering serve for an ace to take a 1-0 lead in the tiebreaker. He won the next two points on Hewitt's serve to go up 3-0 before collecting another ace.
The tiebreaker ended when Hewitt was barely able to get the edge of his racket on a serve,...