Maxime Cressy's breakout 2022 season continued Saturday at the Infosys Hall of Fame Open, where the American reached his third final of the year with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory against four-time Newport champion John Isner.
The fourth seed ended Isner's 10-match tournament winning streak with a strong serving performance and a consistent baseline game that helped him get the better of the few rallies in the match.
"John just completely leveled up on the serve starting in the second set," Cressy said in his on-court interview. "Just hitting the lines and hitting many more aces. I just had to focus on what I could control, my serve. He definitely played a big level starting in the second set."
Cressy finished with 22 aces to the his opponent's 13, winning 86% (32/37) of his first-serve points in the one-hour, 51-minute contest.
With the victory, Cressy advanced to the third tour-level final of his career, with all three coming this season. He is seeking his first title after falling just short in Melbourne against Rafael Nadal and in Eastbourne against Taylor Fritz.
Now 2-0 against Isner this season following his five-set win at the Australian Open, Cressy will face third seed Alexander Bublik in Sunday's final. The Kazakh defeated Jason Kubler 6-3, 6-2 later on Saturday to reach his second Newport title match.
"Facing me in Newport is not an easy task," the 24-year-old said after cooling off the red-hot Aussie, who upset top seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round after reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon as a qualifier. "I played well. I wish him all the best... he had his streak, maybe I will have mine."
Bublik was in command from the start, breaking early in both sets as he cruised to victory without facing a break point. Using deft touch and several well-timed drop shots to complement his powerful groundstrokes, the World No. 42 improved to 9-4 on the grass this season and 9-2 at Newport.
He will seek the second tour-level title of his career against Cressy, after lifting his maiden trophy in February in Montpellier. Following victories against Jack Sock, Andy Murray and Kubler this week, Bublik will face a new challenge in his first ATP Head2Head meeting with Cressy.
In the second doubles semifinal, the top seeds prevailed in Raven Klaasen and Marcelo Melo. The pair rallied to defeated Robert Galloway and Alex Lawson in a tight tiebreak, by a final score of 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.
Klaasen and Melo will seek their first title as a team since 2015, when they paired to win two titles, including the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Shanghai. They will meet a team of Americans playing together for the first time, Will Blumberg and Steve Johnson, in Sunday’s final.
The doubles final is set to kick off the final day of the Infosys Hall of Fame Open on Center Court at 12 p.m. EST, followed by the singles final not before 2:30 p.m. EST.
Segments courtesy of the ATP Tour