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Top seed and defending champ John Isner advanced to the final at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships by beating fellow American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Saturday.
Isner will face Australia's Lleyton Hewitt in the title match Sunday. Hewitt, a former world No. 1, defeated American Rajeev Ram 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
The matches were held after former pro Jennifer Capriati and four others were enshrined into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Isner is looking to become the first repeat champion on Newport's grass courts since France's Fabrice Santoro in 2008.
Joining Capriati as fellow inductees in a 90-minute on-court ceremony were retired players Gustavo Kuerten and Manuel Orantes and tennis industry executive Mike Davies. Wheelchair champion Randy Snow was honored posthumously.
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John Isner talked with the press after defending his title at ATP Newport, defeating Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(1), 6-4. When asked about Atlanta (his next tourney), it was interesting that he seemed more concerned about it being “hot as crap” than switching surfaces from grass to hardcourt.
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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...
John Isner was very upbeat and downright chipper after his win over Ryan Harrison at the Newport semifinals. Love that he admits that he loves to play in the US because he can watch Sportscenter. Has he never heard of the Internet?
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Check out some solid play from Isner and Harrison…have a bit of a meltdown. This is ridiculous!
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