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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 24: John Isner of the United States of America plays a forehand in his fourth round match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day seven of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
John Isner is glad he gave Newport's grass courts another chance. Now he can look back and joke about how he disliked playing on them. The two-time defending champ is making another Newport run, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships by beating Adrian Mannarino of France 6-0, 7-6 (7) on Wednesday. ''It's funny, because when I was first professional, I played here a few times and didn't like it too much,'' he said, smiling. ''I remember one year I didn't play because I didn't want to come. Two years ago, I took a wild card here, and everything changed. ''It's very special to me. It turned my season around that year and has gotten my summer off to a great start. I love it here. It's one of the reasons I enjoy coming here because I like it so much.'' The 6-foot-9 Isner served 13 aces in the match that lasted only 59 minutes. The 28-year old Isner rode his big serve in winning his 12th straight match in Newport, improving his record to 11-0 in ...
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