• Newport - Isner and Hewitt battle for title

    7/15/12 2:35 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Newport - Isner and Hewitt battle for title John Isner and former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt will take to the court in Newport on final Sunday.

    John Isner has had a dismal grass-court season. The American elected not to play a Wimbledon warm-up event, choosing to stay at home and train in the States instead. He went on to lose in the first round at the All-England Club at the hands of Colombian clay-courter Alejandro Falla.

    But he's made amends for that somewhat this week with a run to the final, where he will attempt to defend his 2011 Newport title.

    Standing in his way is the Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt, a player who has struggled mightily with injuries and surgeries over the past several years.

    Hewitt won Wimbledon in 2002, a testament to the Aussie’s abilities on a grass court. He's a long way from the form he enjoyed 10 years ago, but he knows how to win on the lawns.

    Hewitt holds a 2-0 record over Isner; they met once on clay and once and hard courts in 2009 and 2010.

    Prediction – Isner always plays better at home than abroad and he’ll have the support of the American crowd. If he serves well, he should walk away with the title.

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how has Isner had a "dismal" grass-court season when he has only lost one match!?!?!?! He is 3-1 on grass.

RickyDimon , 7/15/12 4:51 PM

I think Hewitt is taking this to keep perfect grass record- if first set goes Isner's way it may be in 3 sets, but if first set goes Hewitt's way it could be in 2 to keep his perfect record against Isner but sure Isner is losing this one

MAGICJOHNSON76 , 7/15/12 5:12 PM

Isner would have to be horrendous to lose this one.

But he has been at times this year.

RickyDimon , 7/15/12 5:26 PM

Or Hewitt plays lights out tennis!

ed251137 , 7/15/12 8:26 PM

I think Rusty must be well below the 5'10" he's listed at because he looked more than a foot shorter than Isner during the trophy presentation. Good win for Isner but good to see Rusty back and playing well too.

chr18 , 7/15/12 9:59 PM

way too good by Isner. If he had played half that good against Falla that would not have happened at Wimbledon. Isner is basically unreal when he is playing in the USA and/or playing for the USA. In every other situation he is pedestrian.

RickyDimon , 7/15/12 10:26 PM

Chris18: I thought that as well. During the speeches one of the dignitaries said asked Isner 'how does it feel to beat someone you have always looked up to?' which struck me as very funny since Hewitt didnt even come up to Isner's shoulder.

ed251137 , 7/16/12 1:17 AM

Great win John!! Keep on winning. I didn't think Hewitt would be able to beat him, but felt he would put up a fight. Hewitt's a very tenacious guy and he has oodles of ego. It must have felt great for him though to get to a finals after bombing early out of so many tournaments previously. In his heyday, Hewitt would have run Big John ragged. Glad the Bulldog won.

@Ricky, you mentioned somewhere else that John would not give up two American hardcourt tournaments for the Olympics, I agree. I think he has a good chance of winning Atlanta also, except he could be tired. I've noticed with John, Querry, Delpotro and Raonic, that they usually have problems playing back to back tournaments, especially if they go deep in the first one. Anyway, it would be nice to see John winning Atlanta, and I'm sure the Bulldogs would love that too, but any American winning will be fine with me.

scoretracker , 7/16/12 5:39 AM

I've noticed with John, Querry, Delpotro and Raonic, that they usually have problems playing back to back tournaments........

It's the price these extra tall guys pay.

ed251137 , 7/16/12 8:26 AM

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