Hall of Fame Game (Set, and Match): Rajeev Ram Wins Second Newport Title

Great stuff from The Tennis Island on the recent action on grass in Newport

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The longest of shots at the start of the week, Rajeev Ram was the last man standing in Newport. Unseeded and ranked No. 161, the American won his second career — and second Newport — title at the 2015 Tennis Hall of Fame Championships, defeating the No. 2 seed Ivo Karlovic who is ranked 24 in the world.

“I don’t know if I expected more of myself,” Ram began, comparing this win with the one in 2009 from Newport. “This is a different feeling. That was elation. This feels more satisfying.”

Ram, who upset top-seeded John Isner in the first round — became the lowest ranked finalist on the ATP World Tour this year, and became the first man ranked outside the top 100 to win a title in 2015. Interestingly, Ram won in 2009 as a lucky loser ranked No. 181, and additionally, it’s only his second career singles title in his 11-year professional…

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