John Isner joined Greg Rusedski and Vijay Amritraj in Newport lore by winning a third title at the Hall of Fame Championships, on Sunday in the final beating Aussie qualifier Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-6(4).
No player has won Newport four times.
“It’s hard to win a tournament,” said Isner after capturing his 11th career title. “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 did not face a break point the entire tournament — the second player to win an ATP title without facing a break point since records began in 1991 (after Tommy Haas in Memphis 2007).
Isner improved to 11-12 in career finals while Ebden is now 0-1.
“I definitely didn’t lose because of anything physical, which is great,” Ebden said. “It’s a lot of reward for a lot of hard work, a lot of years of sacrifice. It’s disappointing, but at the same time I have to be happy with my week.”
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