Nicolas Mahut’s victory is worth the wait at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

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NEWPORT, R.I. — Nicolas Mahut certainly knows a little something about being on court for a long time. Judging by his smile, it was a lot better feeling this time.

The 31-year-old Frenchman captured the title at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Sunday, beating Lleyton Hewitt, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.

Mahut, a 2007 Newport finalist and a wild-card entrant this week, won his second career ATP title.

Mahut lost the longest match in tennis history three years ago, dropping the fifth set to John Isner, 70-68, at Wimbledon in a match that lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes. A display with items used in that match is located a few hundred yards away in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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