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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 16, 2013
NEWPORT---Nicolas Mahut certainly
knows a little something about being on
court for a long time. Judging by his smile,
it was a much better feeling this time.
The 31-year old Frenchman captured the
title at the Hall of Fame Tennis Champi-
onships on Sunday, beating Lleyton Hewitt
of Australia 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in Rhode Island.
Mahut, a 2007 Newport finalist and a
wild-card entrant this week, won his second
career ATP title. The other came at s-Her-
togenbosch last month.
Mahut lost the longest match in tennis
history three years ago, dropping the fifth
set to John Isner 70-68 at Wimbledon in
a match that lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes. A
display with items used in that match is
located a few hundred yards away in the
International Tennis Hall of Fame.
On Sunday morning, Mahut advanced
after beating American Michael Russell 6-
2, 6-2 in just 63 minutes. Mahut needed
2 hours, 19 minutes to get past Hewitt.
Then he had to prepare for a doubles semi-
"You guys know I can play a long time,
stay a long time on the court," he said,
breaking into a grin while standing on a
rear practice court. "I would like to tell you
I m not tired. I m tired, but I have the
trophy in my bag, so I just need to get ready
to play one more match."
In the final set, Mahut broke in the sixth
and eighth games to take control. He won
the final point with a drop shot at the net,
then dropped to his knees, putting both
hands to his face before bending face down.
"I was not supposed to play," he said of
gaining a wild-card entry into the tourna-
ment. "I wasn t able to play the (qualifiers).
I m really grateful to (the tourney director)
for the wild card he gave me."
In the second set, Hewitt led 5-3. Mahut
held in the ninth game before breaking in
the 10th, winning the last two points when
Hewitt double faulted.
Earlier in the day, two-time defending
champion Isner s run on Newport s grass
court came to an end when he was ousted
by No 4 seed Hewitt 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.
The loss ended 13 straight match wins
in Newport for the 28-year old Isner, the
highest ranked American at No 19.
The 32-year old Hewitt, who lost the
Newport final to Isner last year, felt the
lengthy earlier match affected his play.
"It was a long battle this morning. It was
tough on both of us," he said. "In the end,
I got the better of John. It was going to be
tough on both of us this afternoon."
Both semifinals were rained out Satur-
"It s never disappointing losing to a guy
like Lleyton Hewitt, especially on this sur-
face," said Isner, who called for the trainer
after the first changeover. "I was probably
eventually going to lose this tournament.
It just happened a little earlier than I thought
The 6-foot-10 Isner said he felt pain in
his left knee area, similar to what forced
him to retire in his second-round match
at Wimbledon last month.
"It was obviously not as severe because
I was able to continue," he said. "It was a
little bit scary. The more I think about it
and the more I talk about it, I think it s an
issue with my quad because the pain is
directly above my kneecap."
But he said it wasn t the reason he lost
the match, which was played in bright sun-
shine under humid conditions, with tem-
peratures in the mid-80s.
"He handled the conditions much better
than me, simple as that," he said. "He
deserved to win."
At 40-30 the final game, Hewitt ended
the match with a forehand cross-court shot.
He raised both hands in the air before wav-
ing to his wife, Bec, seated in the first row
on the far end of the court. (AP)
Mahut wins Newport
grass-court tennis final
BAD GASTEIN---Top-seeded Mona Barthel
of Germany needed only 35 minutes to
advance to the second round of the Gastein
Ladies, routing Chiara Scholl of the United
States 6-0, 6-0 yesterday in Austria.
Barthel conceded only eight points on
serve while avoiding break points. The 31th-
ranked German took over the top seeding
after defending champion Alize Cornet of
France pulled out with a shoulder injury.
Also, third-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu of
Romania defeated Carina Witthoeft of Ger-
many 6-3, 6-3. Begu, who hit seven aces
but double-faulted 11 times, will next play
either Hungarian Grand Prix finalist Yvonne
Meusburger of Austria or Jasmina Tinjic of
Bosnia in the next round. Also, No 8 Karin
Knapp of Italy beat Valeria Solovyeva of
Russia 6-3, 6-2, and Arantxa Rus of the
Netherlands edged No 7 Maria-Teresa Torro-
Flor of Spain 7-5, 5-7, 6-4. (AP)
Top-seeded Barthel wins Gastein opener
HAMBURG---Daniel Brands advanced to a sec-
ond-round match against top-seeded Roger
Federer at the German Tennis Championships
by beating Paolo Lorenzi 7-5, 6-3 yesterday.
Federer is seeking his fifth title in Hamburg,
where he won his first tournament title in 2002
and broke into the top ten. The 17-time Grand
Slam champion entered the event after his early
elimination in Wimbledon.
Federer says Brands "can serve super and plays
constantly" and vows not to underestimate the
Brands says he has "nothing to lose" and is
going to "enjoy it." Like all seeded players, Federer
had a bye into the second round.
Other winners included Spanish pair Albert
Montanes and Roberto Bautista Agut. (AP)
to meet Federer
Dominguez Lino beat
Anabel Medina Gar-
rigues 6-1, 6-1 in an
all-Spanish match in
the first round of the
Swedish Open yester-
Italy s Flavia Penneta
beat Mariana Duque-
Marino of Colombia 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to advance
to the second round of the clay-court tournament
in Bastad on Sweden s west coast.
France s Virginie Razzano upset seventh-seeded
Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 7-5, 6-1. Spain s
Arantxa Parra Santonija rallied past Alla Kudryavt-
seva of Russia 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, and Johanna Larsson
also qualified for the second round after beating
fellow Swede Sofia Arvidsson 6-1, 6-1.
Top-seeded Serena Williams will play her first
game today, against Sesil Karatancheva of Kaza-
advances to Swedish
Open 2nd round
AIGLE---Tour of Turkey winner Mustafa Sayar
was provisionally suspended yesterday and faces
being stripped of victory after testing positive
for the blood-boosting hormone EPO at an ear-
The International Cycling Union said Sayar
had traces of EPO in a urine sample given at the
Tour of Algeria on March 11. He finished second
The 24-year-old Turkish rider won his home
country s signature event, an eight-day stage
race, in April.
The UCI said Sayar will remain suspended
while the Turkish cycling federation prosecutes
a disciplinary case.
Sayar s victory in the Tour of Turkey s sixth
stage on April 26 provoked frustration from rivals,
including German sprinter Marcel Kittel.
"I was not often in my life so angry about a
result of someone else. And I see many people
around me feeling the same," Kittel, who won
two stages, wrote on Twitter.
African road race champion Natnael Berhane
of Eritrea is in line for the Tour of Turkey victory
if Sayar s doping offense is confirmed.
Berhane, who rides for French team Europcar,
won the third stage before finishing runner-up
Tour of Turkey winner
suspended for doping
Nicolas Mahut, of France, hoists the Van Alen Cup after defeating Lleyton Hewitt, of
Australia, in the finals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, Rhode Island
on Sunday night. Mahut won 5-7, 7-5, 6-3. AP PHOTO
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