Hewitt rolls into Hall of Fame finals
Newport, RI (SportsNetwork.com) - Two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt earned a spot in the title match of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships with an easy straight-set victory over Jack Sock in Saturday's semifinals.
The third-seeded Hewitt leveled Sock by a 6-1, 6-2 count in just over an hour to earn a bout with No. 2 seed Ivo Karlovic in the final of this grass-court event. The 33-year-old Aussie veteran converted 82 percent of his first serves and broke Sock four times en route to the rout.
Karlovic had little trouble in his semifinal match as well, ripping off nine aces in a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Australian Samuel Groth.
Hewitt will be seeking his 30th career ATP title and second this season, having upset Roger Federer in the Australian Open prep in Brisbane back in January. He lost to France's Nicolas Mahut in last year's Newport final.
Karlovic is 5-5 all-time in career finals and lost his previous two title bouts this year, falling to Kei Nishikori in Memphis in February and to Philipp Kohlschreiber in Dusseldorf in May.
The Croat owns a 4-1 lifetime record against Hewitt, including a 3-0 mark on grass.
This year's Newport titlist will earn $81,500.
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