Newport, RI (Sports Network) - Top seed and defending champion John Isner
and his fellow American Ryan Harrison posted quarterfinal victories Friday at
the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
The 6-foot-9 Isner smacked 12 aces in getting past South African qualifier
Izak Van der Merwe 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) on the grass courts at the International
Tennis Hall of Fame.
Isner beat diminutive Belgian Olivier Rochus in last year's Newport
The towering Isner will meet the sixth-seeded Harrison in a semifinal here on
Saturday, the same day the Tennis Hall of Fame will induct its Class of 2012,
including former players Jennifer Capriati, Gustavo Kuerten and Manuel
The rising 20-year-old Harrison was leading Benjamin Becker 6-4, 3-0 when the
German qualifier retired on Day 5.
Saturday's other semi will pit Aussie Lleyton Hewitt against American Rajeev
Ram, who was a surprise champion here three years ago. The long-time ATP star
Hewitt is a former world No. 1 and two-time major titlist.
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