Top-seeded Isner powers to quarters at Newport

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 9, 2014 at 4:26 pm •  Published: July 9, 2014
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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Top-seeded John Isner heard the crowd's reaction and had to take a quick peek to see what the radar gun recorded on his serve late in the match.

Isner overpowered fellow American Austin Krajicek for a 6-3, 6-3 victory Wednesday, advancing to the quarterfinals at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for the fourth straight year.

Leading 4-3 in the second set, Isner hit a 140 mph ace to go up 40-30 in the eighth game.

"I hit the one 140 and heard the crowd 'oohing and ahhing,' so I looked," he said after raising his career record on Newport's grass courts to 15-3. "I went after the next one and I think the gun was a little off."

On the next serve, Isner hit a slicing one clocked at 119 mph — that Krajicek returned wide.

The 6-foot-10 Isner is seeking his third title in four years. He captured the 2011 and 2012 tournaments before Lleyton Hewitt snapped his 13-match winning streak in last year's semifinals.

Isner didn't double fault at all during the match and won 24 of his 28 first-serve points.

"It went well. It was better than (Tuesday), I thought," he said. "It was pretty clean match, I thought. I got up early in both sets. For me that helps so much. I feel like I play pretty well when I play ahead."