2015/05/04

Mahut Tops Hewitt for Newport Title and Also Wins Doubles

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(July 15, 2013) Nicolas Mahut won four matches at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships over the past two days to claim both the singles and doubles titles at the tournament Newport. Monday morning, he paired with Edouard Roger-Vasselin to claim their fourth title as a team, coming back to beat the American pairing of Tim Smyczek and Rhyne Williams, 6-7(4), 6-2, 10-5. Sunday Mahut defeated Lleyton Hewitt in the singles final for his second career title, his first coming last month at ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

 

“First to win the singles is a big accomplishment,” said Mahut. “To win both in the same week, singles and doubles, it’s amazing. When I look back a month ago, I was ranked 240, then I played the French Open final in doubles, won two titles, won another one in doubles, it’s just a great achievement. I just don’t think I even realize it all yet.”

 

Due to rain over the weekend, the tournament semifinals were moved from Saturday to Sunday. Mahut played three matches on Sunday – singles and doubles semifinals, and singles final, as well as this morning’s doubles final. In 2010, Mahut competed in the longest match in tennis history, when he and John Isner played for 11 hours and 5 minutes at 2010 Wimbledon before Isner won 70-68 in the fifth set.

 

Mahut is the first player on the ATP World Tour to win both singles and doubles titles at the same event this season. He is the third player in the history of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships to do so (Rajeev Ram in 2009 and Dan Goldie in 1987).

 

 

“When you want to win a final, everything can happen. I just can’t believe it’s true,” Mahut said of winning the singles crown.

“A month ago I was playing to make the cut for the qualies at the US Open, I was [ranked] 240 with some points to defend. I told my coach, I have to play great on grass to make the cut for the qualies. A month later I have two titles.”

“It’s always easier to come back onto court after wins. You know I can play a long time, I can stay a long time on the court.”

 

As for winning the doubles, Mahut said: “I wasn’t feeling 100 per cent at the beginning, but in the end, I played good at the right time and Edouard played really well.”

“First to win the singles is a big accomplishment. To win the same week, singles and doubles, it is the first time it has happened to me in my career, and it’s amazing. When I look back a month ago, I was ranked 240, then I played the French Open in doubles, won two titles, won another one in doubles. It’s just a great achievement. I don’t think I even realise it all yet. It’s incredible what has happened to me in the past month.”

“I was maybe going to stop playing singles because my [ATP] Ranking was too low only a month ago, so I was thinking to play maybe just doubles, and a month later I’m back in the Top 100. It’s just unbelievable.”

By winning the singles title, Mahut has moved up 52 spots to in the ATP Rankings to World No. 75.

 

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