John Isner won his fourth Newport grass title Sunday beating Alexander Bublik 7-6(2), 6-3. It was also Isner’s first title of the year and 15th of his career.
Incredibly, Isner has now won 9 of his 15 titles in the month of July, including five titles in Atlanta which begins Monday. Fourteen of his 15 titles are also at the 250 level.
“My very first ATP Tour event was here in 2007 and I didn’t enjoy the courts that much back then because I didn’t know how to play on them,” said Isner. “To say that I’ve won this event four times isn’t something I thought would be possible.”
The American was playing just his second event after suffering a fractured foot in the Miami final loss to Roger Federer. He made his return at Wimbledon but lost in the second round to Mikhail Kukushkin in five sets.
“I’ve definitely lacked court time in the last three months. The best way to get back in shape is by spending time on the court and playing matches, which is the most important thing,” said Isner who dropped serve twice in the event, once today. “I haven’t played many tournaments this year, but I still feel like I’ve had a pretty good year.”
Isner is now 4-0 in Newport finals after wins in 2011, 2012 and 2017. Overall, he’s 23-5 at the event.
Meanwhile, the go-for-broke Bublik was appearing in his first ATP final.
“It’s my first final and I’m going to remember this day forever,” said Bublik. “John’s a great player and he showed me how to play in the important tournaments.”
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