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Hewitt, Karlovic advance to Newport final

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 12, 2014 at 5:57 pm •  Published: July 12, 2014
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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Australian Lleyton Hewitt is getting a third shot at a title at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

The third-seeded Hewitt will face 6-foot-11, hard-serving Ivo Karlovic of Croatia in the final on Sunday.

Karlovic ousted Samuel Groth of Australia 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday. Hewitt, who lost in the 2013 final to Nicolas Mahut, beat seventh-seeded American Jack Sock 6-1, 6-2.

Hewitt also dropped the 2012 final, losing to 6-foot-10 John Isner and his big serve.

"There's not a lot I can do until I go out there and play," Hewitt said of getting ready for Karlovic. "I'm not going to find a lot of 7-foot guys to come and serve at me. The last couple of years I've played pretty good against Isner here."

The 33-year old Hewitt ousted two-time champ Isner in last year's semis. He'll also be in the doubles final after his singles match.

"I felt fine," he said of his 60-minute match. "Obviously that didn't take much out of me. I felt like I've been playing better all week."

The matches were played after the induction ceremonies for a five-person class for the International Tennis Hall of Fame, highlighted by Lindsay Davenport.

Davenport entered the Hall with five-time Paralympic medalist Chantal Vandierendonck in the recent player category. Coach Nick Bollettieri, executive Jane Brown Grimes and broadcaster John Barrett were inducted from the contributor category during a 90-minute ceremony on Newport's grass courts.

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