John Isner will take on Matthew Ebden in the quarter-finals of the Hall of Fame Open on Friday as he bids to continue his search for a fourth triumph at the tournament.
The American, who is the top seed for this week’s event at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, has claimed overall glory on three previous occasions, most recently two years ago when he beat Australian Ebden in the final.
Isner was made to work hard for his place in the last eight after being taken to three sets by Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak in his opening match, but he insists he feels at home on the grass and he remains hopeful of going all the way this week. “I’ve had a lot of success [in Newport],” Isner was quoted as saying by the ATP Tour website.
“When I first started playing this tournament early on in my career, I didn’t have much success and I was struggling with the courts. “But I finally I think learned how to play on these courts and since then I’ve always done pretty well here.”
As well as beating Ebden in the 2017 Hall of Fame Open final, Isner has also won three of the other four meetings between the two players and he is priced at 1.33 to add to that success on Friday, while his opponent is available at 3.25.
Whoever does make it through to the semi-finals will face a clash with either French fourth seed Ugo Humbert or Ilya Ivashka of Belarus on Saturday.
Humbert would certainly be a dangerous opponent following his run to the fourth round of Wimbledon earlier this month – a feat made even more impressive as it was his first appearance at SW19.