Two-time defending champion John Isner's run on Newport's grass court came to an end Sunday when he was ousted by No. 4 seed Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
In the final, Hewitt will face Nicolas Mahut of France, who advanced by beating American Michael Russell 6-2, 6-2.
The loss ended 13 straight match wins in Newport for the 28-year old Isner, the highest ranked American at No. 19.
"It's never disappointing losing to a guy like Lleyton Hewitt, especially on this surface," said Isner, who called for the trainer after the first changeover. "I was probably eventually going to lose this tournament. It just happened a little earlier than I thought or wanted."
The 6-foot-10 Isner said he felt pain in his left knee area, similar to what forced him to retire in his second-round match at Wimbledon last month.
"It was obviously not as severe because I was able to continue," he said. "It was a little bit scary. The mo...