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BB&T Atlanta Open Final Results: Sock& Pospisil in Doubles, Isner in Singles

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American Jack Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil, the pair who recently won the Wimbledon doubles title, are 2-for-2 as a team as far as tournaments go, after defeating Steve Johnson (USA) and Sam Querrey (USA) 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 to win the BB&T Atlanta Open title on Sunday. Another way of putting it is that they now have a 10-and-0 match winning streak.

Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil receiving their trophy at the BB&T Atlanta Open

Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil receiving their trophy at the BB&T Atlanta Open

This is the first time that the two reached an ATP doubles final together. But it won’t be the last, that’s for sure. You can count on seeing them partner up at the Rogers Cup in Toronto (Pospisil’s home turf) as well as the upcoming Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and the U.S. Open in New York.

In Atlanta heat and humidity into the 90s, 24-year old Pospisil and 21-year old Sock were ahead in the second set 5-2, before 24-year old Johnson and 26-year old Querrey won the last five games to force a tiebreaker. But the Sock-Pospisil partnership kicked things up and earned the title.

As for the singles title, there is little surprise that it went to John Isner. the defending champion.

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RESULTS – JULY 27, 2014


Men’s
 Singles – Finals

[1] J Isner (USA) d D Sela (ISR) 63 64

Men’s 
Doubles – Finals

[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) d S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 63 57 10-5

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It’s An All-American BB&T Atlanta Open Semifinal: Jack Sock Vs. John Isner

banner_semiIn almost perfect tennis-playing conditions at the BB&T Atlanta Open, American Jack Sock defeated Lukas Lacko of Slovakia in straight sets, 7-6(6), 6-2, in a quarterfinal match. It was the first meeting between the two players. With Sock being broken early in the first set, it showed how sometimes it takes even the strongest a player a few games to figure out how to best approach the opponent across the net. The match started slowly for Sock, but when it mattered, at 5-4 in the first set, Sock dug down deep and chipped some returns back and started to gain control of things. Ultimately, Lacko had one shaky forehand too many in the first set tie-break, allowing Sock to earn a first-set victory. From then on, Sock maintained the momentum and displayed the variety in his game that so many have overlooked for so long while focusing on his lethal forehand. Sock effected three consecutive breaks in the second set, winning the match in one hour and 20 minutes.

The Sock vs. Lacko quarterfinal meeting just might be a preview of the upcoming (September 12-14) Davis Cup match in Chicago — a meeting between the USA and Slovakia. Let’s hope that Jim Courier was tuned to ESPN2 to see the result tonight in Atlanta.

Sock’s quarterfinal victory brings him to a semifinal where he will face fellow American, and world number 12, John Isner. Isner defeated Marinko Matosevic of Australia in quarterfinal action, with a score of 7-6, 6-4. Isner has played Sock four times thus far, with Isner winning three of those matches. While that may indicate that Isner has the upper hand, it should be noted that Sock defeated Isner 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I., a mere two weeks ago. The Atlanta semifinal match will be the third time they’ve faced each other this year. The two are frequent practice partners at home in Tampa, Florida, as well as on the ATP tour.

Top-seeded Isner’s biggest challenge may not be Sock’s drop shots; it may be the stifling heat and humidity of the hot Atlanta July afternoon. Scheduled to begin at 3:00pm (and airing live on ESPN2), the match will commence at the peak of the day’s heat, which is predicted to reach into the 90-degree range. In the quarterfinal, there were many times when Isner looked like he was ready to throw in the towel. The 6’ 10” Isner moved ponderously between points and gasped for air after long rallies. Whether or not the quick turnaround between the quarterfinal and the semifinal will allow John Isner’s body enough time to repair remains to be seen. But, then again, if I remember correctly from last year’s tournament here in Atlanta, Isner seems to play his best when he is fighting the heat.

As for Jack Sock… it’s amazing what having to figure out how to get a Wimbledon trophy back home will do for one’s confidence (Sock and partner Vasek Pospisil won the 2014 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Doubles title). Sock has never looked better on the court. His physicality and his mental game are at an all-time high. Sock is the epitome of potential-being-fulfilled, and the confidence he is showing could make for a very exciting U.S. Open this year.

Isner and Sock, Sock and Isner. On Monday morning, they will officially be the top two USA players in the ATP rankings. Two great players, two reasons to watch some exciting tennis on Saturday afternoon. In this case, it’s American tennis fans who win.

RESULTS – JULY 25, 2014

Men’s
 Singles – Quarterfinals

[1] J Isner (USA) d [8] M Matosevic (AUS) 76(8) 64

D Sela (ISR) d [4] V Pospisil (CAN) 75 16 62

J Sock (USA) d L Lacko (SVK) 76(6) 62

B Becker (GER) d [LL] T de Bakker (NED) 64 62

Men’s
 Doubles – Quarterfinals

S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 76(2) 75

N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM) d [3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) 75 36 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014
STADIUM start 12:30 pm:
K King (USA) / M Venus (NZL) vs S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 


Not Before 3:00 pm:
[1] J Isner (USA) vs J Sock (USA) 


Not Before 8:00 pm:

D Sela (ISR) vs B Becker (GER) 

[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) vs N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM)

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BB&T ATLANTA OPEN – Thursday Results & Friday Schedule

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Thiemo de Bakker is making the most of his lucky loser opportunity at the BB&T Atlanta Open as he upset the No. 2 seed and world No. 17, Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 7-5 to advance to Friday’s quarterfinal, when he will take on another unseeded player in Benjamin Becker of Germany. De Bakker retired in his final qualifying match but moved on to the main draw based on his ranking.

While one of the top seeds fell on Thursday, the No. 1 seed and defending champion, John Isner survived a scare from Marietta resident and veteran Robby Ginepri.

Isner relied on his serve and forehand to eek out a 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5 win. The defending champ once again saved two match points in the deciding set, and broke serve when Ginepri netted a cross-court backhand in the eleventh game of the final set. Isner then slammed four straight aces to close out the match.

In the featured quarterfinal doubles match of the evening, the No. 1 seeded team of Vasek Pospisil (CAN) and Jack Sock (USA) defeated Benjamin Becker (GER) and Frank Moser (GER), 6-4, 6-1.

RESULTS – JULY 24, 2014
Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] J Isner (USA) d [WC] R Ginepri (USA) 46 76(5) 75
[LL] T de Bakker (NED) d [2] K Anderson (RSA) 64 75
B Becker (GER) d [7] Y Lu (TPE) 64 63
[8] M Matosevic (AUS) d T Smyczek (USA) 64 75

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) d B Becker (GER) / F Moser (GER) 64 61

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014
STADIUM start 12:00 noon
[3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) vs N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM)
S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[1] J Isner (USA) vs [8] M Matosevic (AUS)

7:00 pm
J Sock (USA) vs L Lacko (SVK)

Not Before 9:00 pm
D Sela (ISR) vs [4] V Pospisil (CAN)

AJC GRANDSTAND – Not Before 6:30 pm
B Becker (GER) vs [LL] T de Bakker (NED)

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BB&T ATLANTA OPEN — Wednesday Results & Thursday Schedule

Jack Sock (Photo: Bill Kallenberg/BB&T Atlanta Open)

Jack Sock (Photo: Bill Kallenberg/BB&T Atlanta Open)

Jack Sock, the 21-year old American, ranked No. 72 in world, became the first player to reach the quarterfinals on Wednesday at the BB&T Atlanta Open. He defeated qualifier Michael Venus of New Zealand, 6-4, 6-2 in the round of 16.

In a post-match meeting with the media, Sock said that even after his recent success on the grass courts of Wimbledon (where he and partner Vasek Pospisil won the Gentlemen’s Doubles championship) and Newport (where he reached the singles semifinal), he is feeling just as comfortable as ever on the American hardcourt. His recent performances have not only supplied him with the challenging opponents that are necessary for his development as a player, but they’ve also given Sock one of the qualities that only comes from winning — confidence. Need proof? How about this? In the match Sock not only won 93% of his first serve points, but saved each break point opportunity against him.

Sock agreed: “I won some matches at the French, Wimbledon was a great showing for me, Newport winning three matches and two matches here so far, so confidence is probably the highest it has ever been.”

Sock faces Lukas Lacko (SVK) in the quarterfinal. In his match today, Lacko defeated No. 6 seed Denis Istomin (UZB) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.

The television schedule for the remainder of the tournament is as follows:
Thursday, 7/24/14
4:00pm-10:00pm (The Tennis Channel)

Friday, 7/25/14…
4:00pm-6:00pm (ESPN2)
7:00pm-9:00pm (ESPN2)
9:00pm-11:00pm (The Tennis Channel)

Saturday, 7/26/14
3:00pm-5:00pm (ESPN2)
8:00pm-10:00pm (The Tennis Channel)

Sunday, 7/26/14
4:00pm-6:00pm (ESPN2)
(All times Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

RESULTS – JULY 23, 2014

Men’s
 Singles – Second Round:
[4] V Pospisil (CAN) d [Q] I Marchenko (UKR) 75 63

L Lacko (SVK) d [6] D Istomin (UZB) 57 61 64

D Sela (ISR) d [9] S Querrey (USA) 62 64

J Sock (USA) d [Q] M Venus (NZL) 64 62


First Round:
[7] Y Lu (TPE) d [LL] A Kuznetsov (USA) 64 64

Men’s
 Doubles – Quarterfinals:
K King (USA) / M Venus (NZL) d [WC] R Ginepri (USA) / R Harrison (USA) walkover


First Round:
[2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d M Ebden (AUS) / Y Lu (TPE) walkover

[3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) d J Erlich (ISR) / R Ram (USA) 36 63 10-6

N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM) d S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA) 67(2) 63 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014

STADIUM start 4:00 pm:
[LL] T de Bakker (NED) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)



Not Before 6:00 pm:
[1] J Isner (USA) vs [WC] R Ginepri (USA) 


Not Before 8:00 pm:
T Smyczek (USA) vs [8] M Matosevic (AUS)

AJC GRANDSTAND
start 4:00 pm:

[7] Y Lu (TPE) vs B Becker (GER) 

[3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) vs N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM) 

[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) vs B Becker (GER) / F Moser (GER) 

S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)

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BB&T ATLANTA OPEN – Tuesday Results & Wednesday Schedule

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It was Jack Sock victory day at the BB&T Atlanta Open on Tuesday. Sock won both his singles and doubles first round matches. The featured evening doubles match offered Atlanta’s tennis fans the chance to see Sock alongside his Wimbledon champion doubles partner, Canadian Vasek Pospisil. The No. 1 seeds defeated the Columbian doubles team of Alejandro Gonzalez and Juan-Carlos Spir 6-4, 6-4.

Tim Smyczek also cruised through his first-round matches earlier Tuesday. Sock defeated Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-2, 6-4 in 66 minutes, while Smyczek needed just 53 minutes to complete a 6-0, 6-2 rout of fellow American Ryan Harrison.

The 21-year-old Sock, who reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final two weeks ago in Newport, will next face 349th-ranked qualifier Michael Venus of New Zealand. Smyczek, 26, will meet eighth-seeded Marinko Matosevic. The Australian also recorded a 6-0, 6-2 victory Tuesday, dismissing last week’s Bogota semi-finalist Victor Estrella Burgos in 43 minutes.

Marietta, Georgia’s Robby Ginepri set a second-round clash with top seed and defending champion John Isner after recording his first tour-level win in more than a year on Tuesday at the BB&T Atlanta Open.

The 31-year-old finished strongly against Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky, 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-0, as he converted all three of his break point chances in the decisive set. It marked Ginepri’s first match win in ATP World Tour main draw action since reaching the Houston quarter-finals in April 2013.

Dutch lucky loser Thiemo de Bakker will face No. 2 seed and returning finalist Kevin Anderson in the second round after defeating Canadian qualifier Steven Diez 6-1, 6-2. Sixth seed Denis Istomin also advanced, defeating American lucky loser Rajeev Ram 6-1, 6-4.

RESULTS – JULY 22, 2014
Men’s Singles – First Round
[6] D Istomin (UZB) d [LL] R Ram (USA) 61 64
[8] M Matosevic (AUS) d V Estrella Burgos (DOM) 60 62
[WC] R Ginepri (USA) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(3) 36 60
T Smyczek (USA) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 60 62
J Sock (USA) d A Gonzalez (COL) 62 64
L Lacko (SVK) d [WC] N Pasha (USA) 62 75
[Q] I Marchenko (UKR) d [Q] J Smith (AUS) 64 64
B Becker (GER) d M Ebden (AUS) 64 62
[LL] T de Bakker (NED) d [Q] S Diez (CAN) 61 62

Men’s
Doubles – First Round
[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) d A Gonzalez (COL) / J Spir (COL) 64 64
K King (USA) / M Venus (NZL) d D Sharan (IND) / D Young (USA) 61 36 11-9
S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d D Istomin (UZB) / M Matosevic (AUS) 75 64

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
STADIUM start 2:00 pm
[3] C Guccione (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) vs J Erlich (ISR) / R Ram (USA)
[Q] M Venus (NZL) vs J Sock (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[9] S Querrey (USA) vs D Sela (ISR)
YACHT ROCK REVUE CONCERT

AJC GRANDSTAND start 2:00 pm
N Barrientos (COL) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA)
[Q] I Marchenko (UKR) vs [4] V Pospisil (CAN)
After Suitable Rest – M Ebden (AUS) / Y Lu (TPE) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)

COURT 3 start 3:00 pm
[7] Y Lu (TPE) vs [LL] A Kuznetsov (USA)
L Lacko (SVK) vs [6] D Istomin (UZB)

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BB&T ATLANTA OPEN – Monday Results

1BB&T ATLANTA OPEN – ATLANTA, USA
$ 647,675.00
JULY 21 – 27, 2014

RESULTS – JULY 21, 2014
Men’s
Singles – First Round
[9] S Querrey (USA) d S Johnson (USA) 76(3) 75
D Sela (ISR) d D Young (USA) 63 60

Men’s
Doubles – First Round
[WC] R Ginepri (USA) / R Harrison (USA) d [4] K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR) 46 63 11-9
B Becker (GER) / F Moser (GER) d [WC] K Lovett (USA) / B O’Shaughnessey (USA) 62 60

Mens
Qualifying Singles – Third Round
Qualifying – S Diez (CAN) d T de Bakker (NED) 67(5) 20 Retired
Qualifying – I Marchenko (UKR) d A Kuznetsov (USA) 63 36 63
Qualifying – M Venus (NZL) d R Ram (USA) 57 63 75
Qualifying – J Smith (AUS) d K King (USA) 62 61

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014
STADIUM start 2:00 pm
T Smyczek (USA) vs [WC] R Harrison (USA)
[WC] R Ginepri (USA) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)
D Sharan (IND) / D Young (USA) vs K King (USA) / M Venus (NZL)

Not Before 7:00 pm
L Lacko (SVK) vs [WC] N Pasha (USA)
[1] V Pospisil (CAN) / J Sock (USA) vs A Gonzalez (COL) / J Spir (COL)

AJC GRANDSTAND start 2:00 pm
[LL] R Ram (USA) vs [6] D Istomin (UZB)
J Sock (USA) vs A Gonzalez (COL)
[Q] J Smith (AUS) vs [Q] I Marchenko (UKR)
S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs D Istomin (UZB) / M Matosevic (AUS)

COURT 3 start 1:00 pm
V Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs [8] M Matosevic (AUS)
[Q] S Diez (CAN) vs [LL] T de Bakker (NED)
M Ebden (AUS) vs B Becker (GER)

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Wimbledon champs Jack Sock & Vasek Pospisil to play doubles in Atlanta

Screen Shot 2014-07-19 at 11.18.04 PMWimbledon doubles champs American Jack Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil are scheduled to partner in the BB&T Atlanta Open doubles draw.

The BB&T Atlanta Open is their second event playing doubles together after a successful debut in England. The duo defeated Mike and Bob Bryan, the 2013 Wimbledon titlists, in the Wimbledon final (7-6(5), 6-7(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Pospisil and Sock are also competing in the singles draw as well. Pospisil is a newcomer to Atlanta while Sock is returning for his third time. Sock was a quarterfinalist in 2012.

“Our tournament continues to break new ground with the exciting news that two reigning Grand Slam players will debut in the United States here in Atlanta,” Tournament Director and Chief Development Officer Eddie Gonzalez said.

The doubles draw will also include top Americans Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson, who are playing doubles and singles. Querrey and Johnson reached the finals of the 2011 Tiburon Challenger.

University of Alabama teammates and qualifying wild cards Korey Lovett and Becker O’Shaughnessey, of Macon, were added to the draw. Kennesaw’s Robby Ginepri and Ryan Harrison, who have wild cards in the main draw, were also in the doubles draw.

In other news, defending champion John Isner will be the top seed in the main draw singles. The former Georgia Bulldog NCAA champion also is a two-time finalist here. The second seed is Kevin Anderson, who lost to Isner in last year’s three-set final.

Other seeds include No. 3 Gael Monfils of France, No. 4 Pospisil, No. 6 Denis Istomin, No. 7 Yen-Hsun Lu, No. 8 Marinko Matosevic and No. 9 Sam Querrey. There will be no No. 5 seed. Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from singles for a non-medical reason. Radek Stepanek has withdrawn with a left hamstring injury.

University of Georgia’s Nathan Pasha has accepted a main draw singles wild card after his teammate, Austin Smith, withdrew today. Pasha, of Atlanta, was named an All-American in 2014. He is also a two-time All-SEC player and has been ranked No. 30 in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

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A Last Look At The 2014 Hall Of Fame Tennis Championships

logo_bannerGiving tennis fans something to look forward to immediately following Wimbledon each year, the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport attracts some of the top ATP tour players… and some of the most tennis-savvy spectators around.

The tournament, held on grass courts, is the first stop of the summer swing for pro tennis in the United States, and it offers the only opportunity to see professional men’s tennis in the Northeast prior to the US Open.

Enjoy some of the photographs taken by Parcbench last week at the perfect tennis event…

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(2014 Doubles Champions, Chris Guccione and Lleyton Hewitt)

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Lleyton Hewitt Is The ATP Hall of Fame Champion (In Singles And Doubles)

LH_TuesWell, the third time was the charm for good ol’ Lleyton Hewitt. The former world number one defeated second seeded six-foot-eleven Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-7(4/7), 7-6 (7/3) to win the ATP Hall of Fame Championships. Hewitt finally captured the title on Sunday, although it took two-and-a-half hours. Hewitt earned $81,500 for the title and Karlovic earned $42,900 for being the runner-up.

As if that weren’t enough, the 33-year-old, alongside partner and fellow Australian Chris Guccione, defeated Jonathan Erlich (ISR) and Rajeev Ram (USA) in the doubles championship 7-5, 6-4.

In very windy conditions, the third-seeded Hewitt won his 30th career ATP title. It is his second of the season (after a January victory at Brisbane) and an eighth career ATP grass-court championship. After falling to John Isner (USA) in the 2012 Newport final and to Nicolas Mahut (FRA) last year, this week’s successful run was all the more satisfying, especially considering that Hewitt has undergone five surgeries in the past five years.

For Hewitt, the 2001 US Open and 2002 Wimbledon champion, it was his second win in six meetings with Karlovic. “It was a tough match. I was really happy to get through,” said Hewitt afterward, adding that “it was nice to get rewarded today.”

When it was finally over, Hewitt fell to his knees and pumped his fists toward the sky. Within seconds, he was joined on the grass court by his three young children.

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It’s Lleyton Hewitt Finals Day Here in Newport

12Welcome to Lleyton Hewitt Day at the ATP Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, Rhode Island. The former world number one will appear in both the singles and doubles finals today (in that order). It’s his third consecutive singles final, and the crowd is likely going to be very supportive of the third seed as he faces second seed Ivo Karlovic. Alongside partner Chris Guccione (AUS), Hewitt (AUS) will face Jonathan Erlich (ISR) and Rajeev Ram (USA) in the doubles final.

If you’ve been lucky enough to attend the most rarified and elegant tennis event in the United States over the past few years, you’ve probably enjoyed watching Hewitt win a few matches. He has lasted in the draw to the end of the week for the past several years. You might have also have had the chance to watch his tennis-loving kids grow from babyhood to potential practice partner; Hewitt and his beautiful wife, Bec, always bring the kids to Newport. It is a sure sign that summer is in full swing when the Aussies turn the Casino veranda into a kid’s summer day camp. Kids, toys, new cans of tennis balls, new growth and freshly mowed grass… all bringing to mind the words of F Scott Fitzgerald: “That familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

And this year is no different. Enjoy this brief clip of Lleyton on the practice court earlier in the week, with his son (a future tennis star? — note that the kid wins the point)

Hewitt advanced to the final of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships by defeating US seventh seed Jack Sock, 6-1 6-2, on Saturday. That match was Sock’s first semifinal — quite an impressive showing for a player who, a week ago, won the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Doubles title (alongside Vasek Pospisil). Sock hung around Wimbledon just long enough to attend the Champions Ball, then he boarded a flight for Boston and came directly to Newport. After the 21-year-old Sock won match after match after match (including routing John Isner in the quarterfinal), the ever-energetic 33-year-old Hewitt proved too much of a challenge. Ivo Karlovic beat Australian Samuel Groth 6-4 6-4 in the other semi-final.

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Hewitt, who lost to John Isner in the 2012 final and to Nicolas Mahut in last year’s title match, will try for a third time today at the $474,000 (US) grass court tournament. Hewitt is seeking his 30th career ATP title… and his second of the season after a Brisbane victory at the beginning of the year.

Although Karlovic is 4-1 in career meetings with Hewitt (including eliminating the Aussie defending champion in a Wimbledon first round match in 2003), Hewitt beat Karlovic in the first round of the 2009 French Open. So here’s to Hewitt, who may just take home two more trophies today, proving that within a champion always lies just more invincible summer.

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