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John Isner wins Hall of Fame tourney on Newport’s hot grass

Top-seeded John Isner used his blistering serve to overcome scorching conditions and win a title for the fourth time on Newport’s grass courts, beating No. 7 seed Alexander Bublik 7-6 (2), 6-3 on Sunday at the Hall of Fame Open. It was the 34-year-old American’s 15th ATP title overall. He also won at Newport in 2017, ‘12 and ‘11. The 22-year-old Bublik played in his first ATP final.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic advances to fourth round at Miami Open

Novak Djokovic pulled a spare ball from his pocket, angrily whacked it against the backstop and then pounded his uncooperative racket into the concrete. He lost his temper, but not the match. Annoyed after squandering a second-set lead, Djokovic regrouped and beat Federico Delbonis 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Sunday in the third round of the Miami Open.

Serena Williams hits 18 aces in U.S. Open win

Serena Williams reached the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows for a 10th consecutive appearance – she wasn’t there last year because she gave birth to her daughter during the tournament – by picking her level up after a lull and using 18 aces to beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.

Kevin Anderson tops John Isner 26-24 at Wimbledon; other semifinal suspended

Kevin Anderson edged John Isner 26-24 in the fifth set of the second-longest match in Wimbledon history to reach the final. Anderson will have to wait to find out who his opponent is. That’s because the second semifinal, between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, hasn’t finished. It was suspended with Djokovic leading two sets to one because of Wimbledon’s 11 p.m. curfew. They will resume on Saturday.

John Isner beats Ryan Harrison to win 4th Atlanta Open title

John Isner rode an overpowering service game to his fourth Atlanta Open title and second consecutive ATP tournament, beating fellow American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (6), 7-6 (7) on Sunday before a friendly crowd at Atlantic Station.

John Isner, Ryan Harrison advance to Atlanta Open final

ATLANTA – Second-seeded John Isner beat third-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the BB&T Atlanta Open final for the fifth straight year and the seventh time in eight years. Isner lost to Nick Kyrgios last year at Atlantic Station after winning the hard-court event three straight years. The 6-foot-10 former University of Georgia star will face fourth-seeded Ryan Harrison in an all-American final.

Davis Cup: American Jack Sock to play Aussie Jordan Thompson to open QF

American No. 1 Jack Sock will play Australia’s Jordan Thompson to open their Davis Cup quarterfinal on Friday, followed by Nick Kyrgios’ match against John Isner. The match will be played on hard courts at Pat Rafter Arena, with doubles set for Saturday and reverse singles on Sunday.

John Isner, highest-ranked U.S. man, not on Davis Cup team

The highest-ranked American man, John Isner, is not part of the roster for the U.S. Davis Cup team that will play at Uzbekistan on Sept. 18-20. Captain Jim Courier announced his roster Monday, hours before 13th-seeded Isner was to face Roger Federer in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. The U.S. team will be Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson and Donald Young. Sock retired during a U.S. Open match because of heat illness. Isner said Saturday after winning his third-round match at Flushing Meadows that he had decided to miss this Davis Cup playoff, saying he’ll need to rest and that his knee has been bothering him. – AP

U.S. Open: John Isner, last of American men, eliminated

Once again, John Isner’s trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round. Once again, it happened with a loss to Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage. And once again, there are zero American men in the U.S. Open’s round of 16 – something that had never happened until it did last year at the country’s tennis championship, which was first played in 1881.