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

    Top seed John Isner reacts after defeating Dennis Novikov, 6-4, 6-4, in their quarterfinal match at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Friday, July 21, 2017, in Newport, R.I. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    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 11 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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