SO CLOSE: Matthew Ebden has lost in the final of the Hall of Fame Open in Newport.
SO CLOSE: Matthew Ebden has lost in the final of the Hall of Fame Open in Newport. TANNEN MAURY

Ebden almost goes all the way in Hall of Fame Open

MATTHEW Ebden has been left with mixed feelings after his storming run to the Hall of Fame Open in Newport was brought to an abrupt end by John Isner.

The lowest-ranked finalist to contest an ATP World Tour final this season, world No.249 Ebden fell 6-3 7-6 (7-4) to US top seed John Isner.

A qualifier, Ebden won six matches in a row to reach the title match.

"I'm not that tired to be honest. I definitely didn't lose because of anything physical, which is great,” he said.

"It's a lot of reward for a lot of hard work, a lot of years of sacrifice. It's disappointing, but at the same time I have to be happy with my week.”

Isner revelled in his third victory on grass at the famed venue, adding Ebden's scalp to those of Olivier Rochus in 2011 and Lleyton Hewitt in 2012.

"It's hard to win a tournament. It's no small feat to come out here and be the last man standing. I'm very happy about that,” Isner said.

"It's been two years since I won a tournament, so I had that weighing on my mind.

"I'm very happy with how I played all week. It was a perfect week and I couldn't ask for anything better.”


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