Aussie Ebden beaten in Newport ATP final

Elias Hubbard
July 24, 2017

Pakistan's tennis ace Aisam ul Haq, along with his partner Rajeev Ram of US, has qualified for the final of ATP Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in New Port.

The top seed outclassed Australian sensation #Matt Ebden in straight sets 6-3 7-6 to capture his third Newport championship in eight attempts at the American grass court event.

The lowest-ranked finalist to contest an ATP World Tour final this season, world No.249 Ebden fell 6-3 7-6 (7-4) to U.S. top seed John Isner. The 29-year-old South African-born former Commonwealth Games bronze medalist 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.

The hard-serving Isner had 20 aces and did not face a break point in his bid to become a three-time Newport champion.

In the other semifinal, Germany Peter Gojowczyk will face Australia's Matthew Ebden, the first qualifier to reach the Newport semis since 2011. Each seeks his first ATP singles title, as does Fratangelo. "I'm very happy about that", Isner said.

"I'm very happy with how I played all week", Isner said.

In the Croatia Open, lucky loser Andrey Rublev also secured a first ATP Tour final appearance by defeating Ivan Dodig 7-6 (7-4) 6-1. Fratangelo denied world number 72 Herbert on 9-of-11 break chances while the Frenchman could rescue only one chance from five before the American held at love to win after two hours and nine minutes.

Isner, who is ranked 21st in the world, improved to 3-0 lifetime against Ebden without dropping a set.

Top seed Isner stands in his way after overcoming Bjorn Fratangelo in an all-American semi-final 6-2 6-4.

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