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Isner vs Ebden ATP Newport live streaming, preview and tips - Rematch of 2017 final as Isner continues bid for fourth Newport title

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 19 Jul 2019
  • John Isner vs Matthew Ebden is live from Newport around 2.30pm local time on Friday (7.30pm BST)
  • Isner has won four of their five previous meetings
John Isner (PA Images)

It’s a rematch of the 2017 Hall of Fame Open final in Newport on Friday as top seed John Isner and Matthew Ebden square off in the quarter-finals.

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World No. 15 John Isner continues his pursuit for a fourth Hall of Fame Open title in Newport on Friday when he takes on Matthew Ebden for a place in the semi-finals.

Isner has had tremendous success at the ATP 250 grass-court tournament throughout his career, although it must be said that most top players are either taking the week off after Wimbledon or returning to clay for the European summer. Nevertheless, Isner is a three-time champion in Newport, winning the title in 2011, 2012 and 2017, where he defeated Ebden in straight sets in the final. The American missed last year’s edition after reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon, but he returned earlier this week to win his fifth match in a row at the tournament, edging Kamil Majchrzak - who has been playing some good tennis in 2019 - by a 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 scoreline in tricky conditions.

“It wasn’t easy, I played a long match, two hours and eight minutes. The conditions were brutal. It’s windy and like 90 per cent humidity, so it was tough conditions out there,” Isner said. “But I’m happy to claw through there because it wasn’t pretty at times, that’s for sure.”

Isner is playing just his second tournament since breaking his left foot during the Miami Masters final in March against Roger Federer. The 34-year-old bravely fought on to finish that match, but he didn’t play another tournament for almost three months, missing the entire clay swing and returning at Wimbledon, where he toppled Casper Ruud in the opening round before going down in five sets to Mikhail Kukushkin. As a result of failing to defend his semi-final points from the previous year, Isner fell out of the top 10 and is down to No. 15 heading into Newport, where he has the opportunity to add 250 points to his tally.


The aforementioned foot injury hasn’t allowed Isner the chance to back-up his career-best 2018 season, where in addition to that Wimbledon semi-final run, he also captured the first Masters 1000 title of his career in Miami, captured a fifth Atlanta Open crown, made the U.S. Open quarter-finals, Madrid Masters quarter-finals and fourth round of the French Open - results that propelled him into the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals for the first time and a year-end ranking of No. 10. Looking to make up for lost time, can Isner secure a fourth Newport title this week?

Matthew Ebden stands in his way in the quarter-finals. The 31-year-old made his one and only ATP final in Newport in 2017, firstly qualifying for the main draw before beating Rajeev Ram, Lukas Lacko, Tobias Kamke and Peter Gojowczyk, only to go down against Isner. Ebden was only 2-13 for 2019 coming into Newport, but the grass-court event is once again bringing out the best in him, with the Australian taking out New York Open runner-up Brayden Schnur and dangerous grass-courter Denis Kudla to make his third quarter-final at the tournament.

Ebden’s first real breakthrough on tour came back in 2011 when he qualified and made the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals, while he backed that result up with a run to the fourth round of Indian Wells the following season. The Australian hovered around the top 50-100 in the rankings for a few years before being forced to undergo knee surgery in 2016, which resulted in him missing seven months of action and his ranking falling out of the top 700. Ebden put together a superb resurgence in 2017, rising back into the top 80 as he made his first ATP final here in Newport, and he continued to improve his ranking in 2018, making the semi-finals of s-Hertogenbosch, the quarter-finals in Halle and the second round of Wimbledon during a fruitful grass season, scoring his first top 10 win since 2012 over David Goffin at The Championships. The Aussie also Ebden also made the semi-finals of Atlanta and the quarter-finals of Chengdu before once again reaching the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters, claiming another top 10 scalp over Dominic Thiem as he hit a career-high ranking of No. 39.

However, Ebden has suffered a rankings freefall in 2019, dropping to No. 110 after winning just two tour-level matches all season. He does own one win over Isner, but that came at the Australian Open in front of his home crowd in 2018, with the American winning their other four meetings, including two in straight sets on grass. Isner will always have the advantage on these grass courts with his booming serve and he should be able to claim another win over Ebden and return to the semi-finals on Friday.


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Isner vs Ebden ATP Newport live streaming, preview and tips - Rematch of 2017 final as Isner continues bid for fourth Newport title

It’s a rematch of the 2017 Hall of Fame Open final in Newport on Friday as top seed John Isner and Matthew Ebden square off in the quarter-finals.

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