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Lleyton Hewitt © Tennistalk.com
Newport
Semi final
7/14/12 1 2 3 Tot
au  Lleyton Hewitt 6 5 6 2
us  Rajeev Ram 4 7 2 1
Rajeev Ram © Tennistalk.com
John Isner © Tennistalk.com
Newport
Semi final
7/14/12 1 2 Tot
us  John Isner 7 6 2
us  Ryan Harrison 6 3 0
Ryan Harrison © Tennistalk.com
  • Veteran Hewitt into Newport final; Isner wins all-American battle

    7/15/12 6:12 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Against the odds, world No. 233 Lleyton Hewitt has made his way into the finals in Newport. Joining the Aussie there will be defending champion John Isner.

    Lleyton Hewitt def. Rajeev Ram 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

    Lleyton Hewitt's experience came to his aid in his semifinal match against American Rajeev Ram. The Aussie, who has been sidelined with injuries and a recent toe surgery, has had his ranking drop from a one-time high of No. 1 in the world all the way to No. 233. The 2002 Wimbledon champion lost at the All-England Club in the first round this year.

    But with his win on Saturday over American Challenger-level player Rajeev Ram, the Aussie finds himself in yet another grass-court final, this time against defending champion John Isner.

    John Isner (1) def. Ryan Harrison (6) 7-6(4), 6-3

    Isner found his grass-court form just in time to save an absolutely dismal season that started with a first-round defeat at Wimbledon.

    Isner was untouchable on serve in this semifinal. The towering American put in just 11 aces in the match, but he didn’t allow Harrison so much as a sniff at a break point opportunity.

    The top seed simply bided his time in the first set until the tiebreaker, then served his way to a one-set lead.

    Harrison seemed to deflate a bit after spinning his wheels on the return in the first set. The newcomer was broken twice in the second set to hand over the spot in the title match on Sunday.


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fantastic achievement!

what a credit it is to tennis having guys like Hewitt around. I dunno if many players would still be playing if they seen their ranking drop 231 places

rafakid , 7/15/12 9:34 AM


We all love fighters!

Roddick is another player who soldiers on in spite of repeated disappointments - although rumours are circulating he may throw in the towel soon.

ed251137 , 7/15/12 12:13 PM


Yes we do - congrats to Leyton & good luck for the final. Would love to see him win the title.

schatz , 7/15/12 2:34 PM


Rusty has had way more disappointment with injuries and he's still in the fight. The other one has given up long ago.

chr18 , 7/15/12 2:49 PM



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