Two of those title wins came at the expense of Kent in 2006 and 2009.
"He just played better," Walker said. "That's just all there is to it."
It was Kent who told a young Walker about the Public Courts tournament years ago, and at the end of Saturday's match, Walker met Kent at the net with a smile and a hug.
The respect between the two is evident when watching them play, and Kent admitted that simply beating Walker was an accomplishment in itself.
"I knew I was playing well coming in," Kent said. "But anytime you play Pat it just comes down to a break or two because he puts so much pressure on you to hold [your serve] because he holds his so easily, especially when he's firing aces. You're just a spectator at that time."
It was Kent's first appearance at the tournament since 2010, and on Saturday the former Capital and West Virginia University player left no doubt that he's playing better than ever. He wouldn't mind a rematch in the finals next year, and Walker agreed.
"He's going to come back hungrier," Kent said of Walker. "He'll break the record, I'm confident in that. He's younger than I am and he could have easily won that match. He had a break point to go up to serve for the match. It could have gone either way."
"I think he will [be back]," Walker said of Kent. "I hope so. He wants to push it and he knows I want to get it so I think he'll be back."
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