Top-seeded John Isner wins 3rd Hall of Fame title

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 24, 2017 07:46 AM
Top-seeded John Isner wins 3rd Hall of Fame title
Top seed John Isner serves to Dennis Novikov in their quarterfinal match at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Friday, July 21, 2017, in Newport, R.I. Isner won 6-4, 6-4. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Top-seeded John Isner beat Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Sunday for his third Hall of Fame Open title.

The hard-serving American also won the grass-court event in 2011 and 2012. He has 11th career titles, all at the ATP World Tour 250 level.

"It's hard to win a tournament," Isner said. "It's no small feat to come out here and be the last man standing. I'm very happy about that. It's been two years since I won a tournament, so I had that weighing on my mind."

Isner became the second player to win an ATP title without facing a break point since records began in 1991. Tommy Haas also accomplished the feat in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2007.

"I'm very happy with how I played all week," Isner said. "It was a perfect week and I couldn't ask for anything better."

Ebden was playing his first tour-level final.

"It's a lot of reward for a lot of hard work, a lot of years of sacrifice," Ebden said. "It's disappointing, but at the same time I have to be happy with my week."

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