| By David Drucker

After a disappointing Wimbledon, American John Isner has traveled to the grass courts of Newport, R.I. at the Campbell's Hall of Tennis Championships in hopes of gaining some momentum, as we are almost ready to enter the summer hard court season. Isner, who is seeded number one has played what most would say, is average tennis this season. The American got his tournament underway by dismantling Karol Beck of Slovakia, 6-3, 6-2.

Isner then faced a tougher test when he battled the pesky French veteran Arnaud Clement. Isner had beaten Clement in the finals of Auckland tournament in New Zealand in 2010 for his first ever ATP title. The American now moves to 2-0 against the Frenchman with a 7-6(6), 6-4 victory in round of 32. In the quarterfinals, Isner was met by fellow American Alex Bogomolov Jr. who had his best showing ever in a Grand Slam at this past Wimbledon, getting to the third round. No matter, Isner dropped Bogomolov Jr. the same way he did Clement in a straight sets, 7-6(5), 6-4.

Awaiting John Isner in the semifinals is Germany’s Tobias Kamke. The two have never met before, but as most would agree, Isner is the favorite to come through to the final. The only remaining seed left in the bottom half of the draw is Belgium’s Olivier Rochus. With Rochus being the only other recognizable name left in the draw besides Isner, most tennis fans would expect the 6”9 American to win what would be his first title in 2011.