Nicolas Mahut wins Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

July 14, 2013 at 7:17 PM

NEWPORT, R.I., July 14 (UPI) -- French wild card Nicolas Mahut dropped the first set but rebounded for a win over Lleyton Hewitt Sunday in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships final.

Mahut, who was the 2007 runner-up at the grass-court event in Newport, R.I., overcame Hewitt 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 for his second career title.

The 31-year-old logged his first-ever win last month at the Topshelf Open and improved to 2-2 all-time in finals with Sunday's triumph.

It came shortly after Mahut had dispatched Michael Russell 6-2, 6-2 in a semifinal that had been pushed back after Saturday's scheduled date was rained out.

The fourth-seeded Hewitt had reached the title tilt after defeating two-time defending champ John Isner in Sunday's other semifinal.

Hewitt, a former world No. 1, fell to 28-17 in ATP World Tour finals.

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