NEWCASTLE, GREAT BRITAIN: With rain a constant threat throughout, second seed Axel Michon drew first blood winning a long first set 64. The Parisien then looked on course for his 11th pro singles title, when storming ahead 4-1 40-15 in the second, before an unflappable Hewitt won five of the next seven games to take the match into a tiebreak, which he then won 7-4.
With the first two sets having beeen played in drizzle, the clouds started to lift for the final set, much to the pleasure of the large vociferous crowd. They were further cheered by some inspired tennis from 21-year-old Hewitt, who after serving out for the title at 5-3, received a standing ovation as the player’s shook hands.
Hewitt was understandably delighted with his first title, having already beaten Borna Coric, Dan Evans, and Dan Smethurst en route to the final.