Isner, Hewitt into Newport final

John Isner of the U.S leaves the court after being defeated by Alejandro Falla of Colombia in their...

John Isner of the U.S leaves the court after being defeated by Alejandro Falla of Colombia in their men's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London June 25, 2012. (Stefan Wermuth/REUTERS)

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NEWPORT, R.I. - Top seed and defending champion John Isner and wild card Lleyton Hewitt posted semifinal victories Saturday at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

The 6-foot-9 Isner smacked 11 aces in getting past sixth seeded American Ryan Harrison, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 on the grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Isner beat diminutive Belgian Olivier Rochus in last year's Newport finale.

The towering Isner will meet Hewitt, who earned a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 win over the 2009 Newport Champion Rajeev Ram, in the final on Sunday.

For the Aussie Hewitt, it's his first final appearance in more than two years. The 31-year-old former world No. 1 and two-time major titlist is gunning for his 29th career title.


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