Fish First American To Win AT Newport Hall Of Fame In 7 Years
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – Mardy Fish has won the Hall of Fame Tennis
Championships, rallying for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory over
fourth-seeded Olivier Rochus of Belgium.
Fish overcome his frustration at a close line call at the end of
the first set Sunday to win his fourth career title. The
fifth-seeded American entered the week ranked 79th.
It's the first time since 2002-03 Americans won on Newport's
grass courts two straight years. Rajeev Ram won in 2009.
On the final point of the first set, Rochus hit a return to the
back corner. Fish appeared ready to play the ball and let it go.
The chair umpire said Rochus won the game and set. Fish argued and
waved his racket to the chair.
Rochus fell to 2-6 in ATP finals. It was his first on grass.
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