Isner captures Hall of Fame Championship
The Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships has wrapped for another year, with No. 1 seed John Isner claiming the Van Alen Cup. Isner defeated Olivier Rochus to become the first No. 1 seed to win the tournament since its first year in 1976. On the doubles side the first-time duo of Matthew Ebden of Australia and Ryan Harrison of the United States defeated Johan Brunstrom of Sweden and Adil Shamasdin of Canada to claim their first ATP World Tour title.
In the singles match, 6-foot- 9-inch Isner overcame 5-foot- 6-inch Rochus in the match that was the greatest height differential ever in an ATP World Tour final. This was Rochus’ second straight year as a finalist. He was a semi-finalist in 2009 as well. Isner fired 22 aces en route to his 6-3, 7-6(7) victory. He did not drop a set throughout the entire tournament.
“This year I haven’t had great results,” said Isner. “The last time I won back-to-back matches was Miami. So it’s huge on any level, but especially on this level, to win five matches in a row. This game is all about confidence, so I’ll definitely take this into my next event and events after that.”