Hewitt, Karlovic will square off in Newport championship match

NEWPORT, R.I. — 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 today.

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.

Hewitt felt like he forced Sock to change his plan.

"I felt like his biggest weapon was obviously his serve and his forehand, and I was able to nullify those and he was kind of searching for answers," he said. "He was trying to go out of his comfort zone to play points different ways, which was kind of playing into my hands."

Hewitt broke in the third and fifth games of the second set. He won the match when Sock his a second-serve backhand wide.


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