Isner beats Bublik for fourth Newport ATP title

NEW YORK (AFP) – American John Isner captured his fourth title at the ATP grass court tournament at Newport, Rhode Island, last Sunday, beating Alexander Bublik 7-6 (7/2), 6-3.

Isner was the top seed in the tournament that he also won in 2011, 2012 and 2017.

Bublik, the seventh-seeded 22-year-old from Kazakhstan who was playing in his first ATP final, double-faulted on break point to fall behind 3-2 in the second set, and that was the only opening the big-serving Isner needed.

The 34-year-old American finished off the match with a forehand winner even as he slipped on the grass and sprawled forward.

He converted all three of his break points in the game, including on match point when the Kazakh failed in his bid to catch Isner out with an underarm serve on the final point.

While that didn’t pan out, Isner urged Bublik to continue to pursue his “quirky” game.

“It was a lot of fun to play against you today,” Isner told him. “You’re very quirky, but I mean that in a very sincere way. You’re fantastic for the game and we all hope you continue.”