ATP Hall of Fame Championships: Nicolas Mahut edges out Lleyton Hewitt in thrilling final

Last Updated: 15/07/13 10:58pm

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Nicolas Mahut: Overcame Lleyton Hewitt in three-set thriller

Nicolas Mahut: Overcame Lleyton Hewitt in three-set thriller

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France's Nicolas Mahut battled back from the brink of defeat to overcome Lleyton Hewitt in three sets and claim the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport.

Mahut had looked dead and buried as Hewitt served for the match in the second set, but rallied to eventually seal a 5-7 7-5 6-3 victory in two hours and 20 minutes.

The Frenchman - who won his maiden ATP title in Holland last month - has now quickly added a second to his CV and will return to the world's top 100 in the latest round of rankings.

Having edged a tight first set, Hewitt looked poised to close out the match as he served at 5-4 in the second, but Mahut responded in brilliant fashion by reeling off the next three games to level the match.

After Hewitt got an early break in the decider, Mahut hit back to restore parity at 3-3 and then made a decisive move by breaking again to edge 5-3 ahead before serving out for the title.

Mahut later picked up a second title when he partnered Edouard Roger-Vasselin to victory in the final of the doubles.

The second seeded pair beat Americans Tim Smyczek and Rhyne Williams 6-7 6-2 10-5.

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