Hewitt, Cuevas, Bautista Agut, Halep, Petkovic Win ATP/WTA Titles
by Staff | July 14th, 2014, 1:11 am

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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12 Comments for Hewitt, Cuevas, Bautista Agut, Halep, Petkovic Win ATP/WTA Titles

Eric Says:

Can anyone explain why Hewitt is so good on grass? Huge fan, love him, but don’t really understand — his game seems like the antithesis of what surface stereotypes dictate as good for grass. He’s a great ball striker, but…

roy Says:

1. he has an excellent net-game/transition game. one of the best volleys.
2. he has an excellent slice backhand.
3. he has flat strokes and gains some penetration on grass and can also finish points at net easier, helping to make up for lack of big-time power.
4. first serve is good for a smaller player. can serve/volley.
5. excellent return helps to nullify servers.
6. plenty of grass experience growing up in australia and with grass court coaches. very comfortable on surface.

basically, he’s not a massive server but he has such a good transition game/slice/return and such flat strokes that his game ends up being well suited. but you can see that despite being a purer and better grass court player than jerzy/soderling/brown, he’s been taken out by these guys at wimbledon over the years.

this is because grass doesn’t truly reward ‘grass court tennis’ these days, as federer fans like to pretend. it typically rewards huge servers first and foremost, regardless of whether they have a ‘well rounded grass game’ or not.

gonzalowski Says:

Congratulations to Roberto Bautista, I’m happy he beat the arrogant and rude Rosol.
And glad to see Germany beating Argentina, their supporters are so arrogant too… you know the joke, “there aren’t earthquakes in Argentina because not even the earth put up with them” :) only a joke

Colin Says:

Karlovic seems to be in the twilight of his career. When he’s mentioned it’s usually his serve and his size that get the attention, but just as important now is the fact that, at 35, he’s older than Hewitt, and indeed older than most.

Hewitt probably enjoys beating him, remembering that shock first-round upset at Wimbledon in 2003.

I see Ivo’s daughter was born in September 2011. I wonder how tall she’ll be.

Wog boy Says:

I can agree with the rest but not with this:

“6. plenty of grass experience growing up in australia and with grass court coaches. very comfortable on surface.”

You obviously don’t live in Aussiland, grass courts are long gone, they are history. Tony Roche had to built one for Ivan Lendl outside Sydney so he could practice to win Wimbledon, it didn’t work, he never won one. Sydney didn’t have one, even few years ago when Australia played Swiss in DC, they had to build temporary one on Royal Golf Course (most upmarket golf course in the country) in order to play Roger and Stan on grass. That didn’t work either, they lost.
More trivia, Lendl hired Roche to help him win Wimbledon and Roger hired Roche (2005-2007) to help him win FO:)

metan Says:

Hewitt so good, congratulations. Double Man. ☺

Tmd Says:

I live in Australia and there 9 grass courts just down the road. So clearly not dead everywhere. Maybe just in the big cities.

Wog boy Says:

Thanks for that, I do travel a lot and I haven’t seen them, obviously I wasn’t looking hard enough.
Do we have any grass court tournament, I don’t think so? The question is, how many players are practicing on grass courts if big cities are where they live and practice? When ever I checked Tomic’s, Hewitt’s, Matosevic’s and all other male and female players it was on HC and sometimes on CC, big cities have them, there is seven CC in Melbourne park next to Rod Laver arena but no grass courts.

Wog boy Says:

^^ I was wrong, there is 8 CCs in Melbourne park, have a look at this article and video, they invested almost 400 million dollars in this project but no one single grass court:


Humble Rafa Says:

I’m happy he beat the arrogant and rude Rosol.

Rosol is a bad man. He tipped over my water bottles. Unpardonable crime that deserves 5 year ban and”re-education”.

Humble Rafa Says:

I don’t buy into that. Then RG surface is unfair to players also. It favors Rafel Nadal. As well as grass then favors Roger Federer. They have merit, no?


Hope all is well. You sound like me, no?


Eric Says:

Interesting, Roy. Thanks.

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