Top seed John Isner successfully managed to defend his Newport title after beating former world no.1 Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (1) 6-4 in Sunday’s final.
It was Hewitt who was going into today’s match with a 3-0 head to head record against Isner, withouth dropping a set in their previous encounters.
Neither of the players managed to take the opportunity and convert the break point chance they had in the first set and it was to be decided in a tiebreak. The American grabbed the first mini breaks and overpowering his opponent, he closed out the ‘breaker’ in great style.
Isner was the first one to secure a break of serve in the match, taking Hewitt’s serve in the third game of the second set. Despite the Australian saving one matchpoint when serving to stay in the final at 3-5, he was helpless against the big serves of Isner, who sailed to victory by firing his 16th ace in the very next game.
This was the first defeat for Hewitt in his 8 grass court final appearances and Isner’s first title of the year (he lost in two finals in 2012 – in Indian Wells against Federer and in Houston against Monaco).