Isner back in winners circle at Newport
John Isner said he felt he had had "a pretty good year" after clinching the Hall of Fame Open in Newport for the fourth time on Sunday.
The big-serving American won the final of the grass-court event he last held in 2017 by beating seventh-seeded Kazakh Alexander Bublik 7-6(2) 6-3.
Isner was making only his second tournament appearance since returning from a broken foot sustained in April during his Miami Open final defeat to Roger Federer.
It was also his first win since becoming a father and the 34-year-old admitted he has special memories of the Hall of Fame Open.
"My very first ATP Tour event was here in 2007 and I didn't enjoy the courts that much back then because I didn't know how to play on them," said Isner. "To say that I've won this event four times isn't something I thought would be possible."
Isner converted all three of his break points and landed 79 per cent of his first serves in an efficient, 76-minute victory over Bublik.
And he will be boosted by the fact his foot withstood three-set battles in three of his four matches this week, which saw him spend nearly eight hours on court.
"I've definitely lacked court time in the last three months. The best way to get back in shape is by spending time on the court and playing matches, which is the most important thing," he added.
"I haven't played many tournaments this year, but I still feel like I've had a pretty good year."
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