Two-time defending champ John Isner beats Ryan Harrison in 1st round at Newport

Published July 08, 2013

| Associated Press

Two-time defending champ John Isner defeated fellow American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (0), 6-2 on Monday in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

The 6-foot-9 Isner rode his big serve to win his 11th straight match on Newport's grass courts.

He was not broken in the match that lasted 1 hour, 20 minutes, taking control by blanking Harrison in the tiebreaker.

Isner, seeded second, broke in the third and seventh games of the second set before Harrison hit a backhand return long on the match's final point.

The 28-year old Isner showed no effects from a left knee injury that forced him to retire from his second-round match at Wimbledon.

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