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Top seed John Isner advances to quarterfinals again on Newport's grass

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NEWPORT, R.I. - Top-seeded John Isner powered into the quarterfinals at the Hall of Fame Championships for the fourth straight year by beating fellow American Austin Krajicek 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday.

Second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia edged Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 7-5, 7-6 (3), and No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia beat qualifier Ante Pavic of Croatia 6-2, 6-2.

In other second-round action, defending champ Nicolas Mahut of France, the fourth seed, beat qualifier Luke Saville of Australia, 6-4, 6-2.

Leading 4-3 in the second set, Isner hit a 140 mph (225 kph) ace to go up 40-30.

"I hit the one 140 and heard the crowd 'oohing and ahhing,' so I looked (at the radar gun reading)," he said. "I went after the next one and the gun was a little off."

On the next serve, Isner hit a slice at 119 mph (192 kph) — that Krajicek returned wide.

Isner is seeking his third Newpot title in four years. He captured the 2011 and 2012 tournaments before Hewitt snapped his 13-match winning streak in last year's semifinals.

Isner didn't double fault at all during the match and won 24 of his 28 first-serve points. He next faces good friend and No. 7 seeded Jack Sock, a 7-5, 6-2 winner over fellow American Rajeev Ram.

Other winners includd Samuel Groth of Australia, Dudi Sela of Israel, and No. 6-seeded Steve Johnson.

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