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

BY AP • July 24, 2017

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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