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  • Isner, Hewitt in Newport semifinal action

    7/14/12 3:56 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Isner, Hewitt in Newport semifinal action Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt and defending champion John Isner will take the court in Newport as the two men look for spots in Sunday's final.

    John Isner (1) vs. Ryan Harrison (6)

    In this clash of the Americans, defending champion John Isner will take on Davis Cup teammate Ryan Harrison in the Newport semi-finals. Isner and Harrison have only played one other time two years ago in Memphis. Isner won encounter in straight sets.

    But Harrison's form is much better now than it was in 2010. The young American is enjoying his second semi-final of the grass-court season. And this is Isner’s best result since Houston back in April and definitely his best grass-court showing this year.

    Prediction – This might just be the opportunity Harrison has been waiting for; Harrison over Isner in 3.

    Lleyton Hewitt (WC) vs. Rajeev Ram

    In this unlikely semifinal, world No. 118 Rajeev Ram will take on world No. 233 Lleyton Hewitt. Of course, Hewitt is a former world No. 1 who is only just now on the path to recovery from multiple injuries and a recent toe surgery.

    Hewitt is a great natural grass court player, with a 2002 Wimbledon title to prove his prowess on the lawns. He is still largely untested in 2012 though and could be feeling the effects of playing a week’s worth of matches.

    Ram is mostly a Challenger-level player; he did not advance past qualifying at Wimbledon. Prior to Newport, he owned a 0-1 record on the season.

    Prediction – Hewitt has extensive experience in big matches. If he can manage his fatigue, he should find himself in Sunday's final.


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