HALL OF FAME TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
Hewitt Edges Isner, Faces Mahut In Newport Final
by ATP Staff|
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.
"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.