Washington - US top seed John Isner blasted 17 aces Sunday
in defeating Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to win the ATP
Hall of Fame Open title.
The 32-year-old American won 37-of-41 first-serve points in
the 74-minute triumph in capturing his 11th career ATP title and third on the
grass at Newport, Rhode Island, after 2011 and 2012.
Isner did not faced a break point in the week and the only
set where he was pushed to a tie-breaker was the last, when he took three of
the final four points for the victory.
"I'm very happy with how I played all week. It was a
perfect week," Isner said. "I couldn't ask for anything better."
Ebden, the lowest-ranked ATP finalist since 2009 at 249th,
was in his first ATP final. The 29-year-old South African-born former
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist was only 3-3 in 2017 ATP main draw matches
until this week, when he won six matches in six days to reach the final.
"It's disappointing, but at the same time I have to be
happy with my week," Ebden said.
It was the first title for Isner since Atlanta in 2015 and
came in his first final since last November's Paris Masters, where he lost to
Britain's top-ranked Andy Murray.
"It has been two years since I won a tournament, so I
had that weighing on my mind," Isner said.
"It's hard to win a tournament. It's no small feat to
come out here and be the last man standing. I'm very happy about that."
Isner, ranked 21st, improved his career record at Newport to
19-5. He broke Ebden's first service game of the match for a 2-0 lead and held
from there to claim the opening set.
Isner improved to 3-0 lifetime against Ebden without
dropping a set, also winning in the fourth round at Indian Wells in 2012 and in
the second round at Wimbledon in 2015.