Isner Defends Newport Championship
After suffering a disappointing first round exit at Wimbledon, top seeded American John Isner defended his 2011 title at the Campbell's Hall of Fame Championship this past Sunday, over former World Number 1, Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(1), 6-4. This marks the fourth consecutive year an American player has won the Newport title.This was also the first final that Lleyton Hewitt had been part of since he won on the grass courts at Halle in 2010 over Roger Federer and the first time the big serving North Carolina native had beaten Hewitt in three meetings. Isner now climbs to 11th in the world.
The first set was pretty tight until the tie-break with both players failing to break on their sole chances. The tie-break was a different story, with Isner jumping out to a 4-0 lead and never looking back. In the next set, Hewitt had a sloppy second service game and Isner took advantage of the opportunity with a break. Isner held comfortably in his remaining service games, and closed the match out with his 16th ace of the day.
Isner's final appearance, was his third of the year, having lost to Roger Federer in Indian Wells and to Juan Monaco in Houston. He's currently the highest ranked American player and is looking good entering the US hard court season.