Hewitt Sweeps Titles at Newport
Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt added to his grasscourt resume by sweeping the singles and doubles titles on Sunday at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport.
In the singles final the Aussie won his 30th career singles title, defeating “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(3). In the doubles final he partnered with countryman Chris “Penthouse” Guccione, defeating Jonathan Erlich and Rajeev Ram 7-5, 6-4.
“I felt relief to have finally won here,” said Hewitt, now 1-2 career in Newport singles finals over the last three years. The match was the oldest tour-level final (68 years combined) since 1977, when Ken Rosewall and Tom Gorman played in the Hong Kong final (74 years and 8 months), according to ATP stats maven Greg Sharko. Karlovic dropped to 0-3 in finals this year.
Unseeded Cuevas Wins Swedish Open
Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas defeated No. 5 seed Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-1 for his first career title at the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad.
“This is an amazing week,” said the unseeded 28-year-old Cuevas. “Today I played unbelievable. I’m so happy to win my first title. This city is beautiful and for sure I’ll be back next year.”
Sousa dropped to 1-1 in career finals. Cuevas is the third first-time winner this year after Federico Delbonis in Sao Paulo and Roberto Bautista Agut in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Bautista Agut Claims Stuttgart Dirt Title
No. 3-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut defeated unseeded Czech Lukas Rosol 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 for his second title in four weeks at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart, following the grasscourt title at ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Bautista Agut will on Monday break into the Top 20 for the first time on the ATP Rankings.
“It’s really difficult to win a tournament on grass and then go to Wimbledon and win a couple matches there and then with only a few practices on clay, come here and win the title,” the Spaniard said. “It’s really amazing.” Rosol fell to 1-2 in tour finals.
Halep Beats Back Vinci for Bucharest Crown
Top-seeded Simona Halep defeated No. 2 seed Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-3 for her second title of 2014 at the BRD Bucharest Open in Romania.
Halep improved to 8-5 in career finals. Vinci fell to 9-2 in career finals.
“I really wanted to play in this tournament and to win it,” said the Romanian Halep. “Today’s final was a very emotional one. The crowd was amazing and I really want to thank everybody who played a part in the tournament. What I wish for now is to get to Singapore and do an equally good job there.”
Petkovic Stops Qualifier for Bad Gastein Title
No. 4 seed Andrea Petkovic won her second title of the year on Sunday, defeating American qualifier Shelby Rogers 6-3, 6-3 for the championship at the Nurnberger Gastein Ladies tournament in Bad Gastein, Austria.
“I’ve never won two tournaments in a year before and I’m obviously very happy to achieve this,” said Petkovic upon claiming her fourth career title and her second at Bad Gastein after 2009.
She improved to 4-5 in career finals. Rogers was appearing in her first career final and had never won consecutive WTA matches prior to the event. “I’m definitely feeling the matches,” the American said. “I’ve played a lot this week — but she played incredibly and is always a tough competitor.”
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