ATP Tour

Mahut beats Hewitt in Newport

2013-07-15 10:30
Nicolas Mahut (File)
Newport - French wild card Nicolas Mahut rallied from a set down to defeat Australia's Lleyton Hewitt on Sunday in the final at the Hall of Fame Championships.

Mahut battled back from a first set loss to take a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 victory over the 2012 runner-up Hewitt on centre court.

Mahut breezed past American Michael Russell 6-2, 6-2 in the semis earlier on Sunday to reach the final and became the first Frenchman to claim the Newport title since Fabrice Santoro five years ago.

The 31-year-old improved to 2-2 all-time in title matches on the ATP Tour. He clinched his first career ATP title last month at 's-Hertogenbosch.

Hewitt ousted two-time reigning champion John Isner earlier on Sunday in a rematch of last year's final to advance to the title match for a second consecutive year.

Hewitt, who was seeded fourth, took the first set from the Frenchman but was unable to close the deal.

With the loss, Hewitt falls to 28-17 overall in ATP Tour finals. He is 7-2 in finals on grass.

Mahut, who had lost the only two previous contests with the Aussie, collected $78 000 in prize money.


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