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Hewitt Edges Isner, Faces Mahut In Newport Final

Newport, U.S.A.

Mahut© Ben SolomonNicolas Mahut reached the Newport singles final for a second time.

Fourth seed Lleyton Hewitt and wild card Nicolas Mahut will both have a second chance to win the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships when they face off in the grass-court final Sunday afternoon in Newport. 

"He’s a great player, he’s a former No. 1, he’s so good on grass," said Mahut, who has lost his two previous matches against Hewitt. "It’s going to be very, very difficult."

Hewitt prevented a meeting between Wimbledon's marathon men after defeating two-time defending champion and No. 2 seed John Isner 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday. Hewitt and Isner had contested last year's final.

In the other rain-delayed semi-final, 2007 runner-up Mahut defeated Michael Russell 6-2, 6-2. Last month, the Frenchman captured his first ATP World Tour trophy at the Topshelf Open (d. Wawrinka).

"Yesterday was a long day, but I had to manage it well," he said. "I didn’t lose so much energy yesterday and I came back strong at the beginning of the first set and started breaking right away." 

Mahut will also play for a place in the doubles final alongside countryman Edouard Roger-Vasselin. The No. 2 seeds confront fourth-seeded Brazilians Marcelo Demoliner and Andre Sa, with the winners to face Americans Tim Smyczek and Rhyne Williams for the title.

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