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John Isner on to Newport quarters

Updated: July 10, 2013, 8:13 PM ET
Associated Press

NEWPORT, R.I. -- John Isner is glad he gave Newport's grass courts another chance. Now he can look back and joke about how he disliked playing on them.

The two-time defending champ is making another Newport run, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Wednesday by beating Adrian Mannarino of France 6-0, 7-6 (7).

"It's funny, because when I was first professional, I played here a few times and didn't like it too much," he said, smiling. "I remember ...

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