Competing at only his second tournament after a nasty foot injury that he suffered in Miami, John Isner decided to take a wild card in Newport after an early Wimbledon loss which proved to be the best possible move! The American has won the 15th ATP title and the record-breaking fourth in Newport, becoming the most successful player in the history of the Hall of Fame Open and the one who has managed to break the spell of the top seed on four occasions.
John didn't play at his best this week but did enough to claim the first trophy since Atlanta last year, defeating Alexander Bublik 7-6, 6-3 in an hour and 15 minutes after a challenging opening set. The American lost 16 points behind the initial shot, facing two break points and getting broken once that could have cost him the opener.
Still, he managed to pull the break back in the very last moment, prolonging the set and taking it in the tie break that gave him a massive momentum ahead of set number two where he held everything under control to cross the finish line and put the hands on the trophy.
John saved a break point at 3-3 with a service winner before squandering four points in a row in the 11th game to give Bublik a break and the opportunity to serve out for the opener. The young Kazakh couldn't keep his focus despite a great serving up to that point, hitting a double fault and handing Isner a break at 15 to set up a tie break.
There, Isner moved 5-0 in front with two mini-breaks after solid attacks, closing the set with two winners at 5-2 for loud 'Come on' and a boost ahead of set number two. John was the dominant figure in his games in the second set, forging the lead with a break in game five following a double fault from Alexander and moving over the top with a forehand winner at 5-3 that gave him another break and the title.