Anderson comeback rolls on; joins Paul, Isner in Newport QFs

Four-time champion Isner wins back-to-back matches for the first time since February

Kevin Anderson during the 2018 Wimbledon singles final Kevin Anderson during the 2018 Wimbledon singles final Image Credit: AI/Reuters/Panoramic

Former world No 5 Kevin Anderson is now two for two in his comeback after he scored a second consecutive straight sets win to reach the quarter-finals of the Hall of Fame Open in Newport – his first tournament back since March 2022.

The 37-year-old, who won this title in 2021, defeated Dutchman Gijs Brouwer 6-3, 7-6(6) to move into the last eight of the grass court tournament where he will next meet third seed Ugo Humbert. The Frenchman defeated American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4 in another second round match on Thursday.

Meanwhile, top seed Tommy Paul, will face off against four-time Newport champion John Isner in another quarter-finals after both advanced with straight sets wins.

Paul, ranked No 14 in the world, scored a 6-4, 6-2 win against Ethan Quinn, the reigning NCAA singles champion who made his ATP Tour debut this week and turned pro just last week.

Isner, who most recently won the Newport title in 2019, scored a 6-3, 6-4 win over No 8 seed Corentin Moutet. This is the first time that Isner has won back-to-back matches on tour since February.

Isner holds a 2-0 edge over Paul in career head-to-head with both those wins coming on hardcourts.

Also moving into the last eight was second seed Adrian Mannarino, scoring a 6-3, 6-4 win over Rinky Hijikata to set up a quarter-final clash against Jordan Thompson, who defeated Great Britain’s Liam Broady 6-2, 6-2.

Fourth seed Mackenzie McDonald will face off against fellow American Alex Michelsen in the quarters. McDonald defeated qualifier Li Tu 6-4, 7-6 while Michelsen scored a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over James Duckworth.

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