Top seed Isner reaches Newport final

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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) -- Top seed and defending champ John Isner advanced to the final at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships by beating fellow American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Saturday.

Isner, ranked 11th, will face Australia's Lleyton Hewitt in the title match Sunday. Hewitt, a former world No. 1, defeated American Rajeev Ram 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

The matches were held after Jennifer Capriati and four others were enshrined into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Isner is looking to become the first repeat champion on Newport's grass courts since France's Fabrice Santoro in 2008.

Joining Capriati in a 90-minute on-court ceremony were recently retired player Gustavo Kuerten, master player Manuel Orantes, tennis industry executive Mike Davies and wheelchair champion Randy Snow, who was honored posthumously.