Isner takes Hall of Fame ti­tle

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

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 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.

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