NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Steve Johnson continued his long road back and success this year by capturing the Hall of Fame Open on Sunday.
The 28-year-old American defeated Ramkumar Ramanathan, of India, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, on Newport's grass court for his fourth career ATP title and second this season.
When it was over, Johnson pointed to the sky and pumped his fist before going over to the far corner of the court to give his coach, Craig Boynton, a handshake and hug.
Johnson, Ramanathan advance to Hall of Fame final
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Third-seeded Steve Johnson beat Marcel Granollers, 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the Hall of Fame Tennis Open final.
The 28-year-old American will face Ramkumar Ramanathan in the final Sunday morning. Ramanathan, of India, topped American Tim Smyczek, 6-4, 7-5.
The semis were played on Newport's grass court after the induction of Michael Stich and Helena Sukova into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Jack Sock wins match for 1st time this year at Delray Beach
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Top-seeded Jack Sock won a match for the first time this year Monday, beating qualifier John-Patrick Smith 6-4, 6-4 on the opening night of the Delray Beach Open.
Sock, the highest-ranked American at No. 8, is attempting to become the first player to win consecutive titles at Delray since the tournament moved from Coral Springs, Florida, in 1999.
Cilic eases into quarterfinals in India, 3rd seeded Agut out
PUNE, India (AP) — Marin Cilic of Croatia comfortably beat India's Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 6-3 at the Maharashtra Open on Wednesday, but third seed Roberto Bautista Agut was eliminated
The top-seeded Cilic, who is ranked sixth in the world, needed only 72 minutes to book his spot in the quarterfinals.
Despite losing serve at 5-3 in the first set, Cilic broke back immediately to clinch the first set and dropped only seven points across five service games in the second to seal an easy victory.
Spain, Japan, Australia up 2-0 in Davis Cup WGroup playoffs
Spain, Japan and Australia took 2-0 leads in their Davis Cup World Group playoffs on Friday, although Rafael Nadal was a late withdrawal from his scheduled opening singles match in New Delhi.
The official reason given was an upset stomach, but Feliciano Lopez, who replaced Nadal and beat India's Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, said after the match that it was Nadal's persistent left wrist injury that was still bothering him.