France's Nicolas Mahut came back to beat Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, the No. 4 seed, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships final in Newport, Rhode Island.

The 31-year-old Frenchman won his second career title and continued a run on which he won his first title earlier this year at Hertogenbosch.

"A month ago, I was playing to make the cut for the qualies at the U.S. Open, I was ranked 240 with some points to defend. I told my coach, I have to play great on grass to make the cut for the qualies. A month later, I have two titles," Mahut said.

The two players had to win their rain-suspended semifinal matches on Sunday before facing off in the final.

"It's always easier to come back onto court after wins," Mahut said. "You know I can play a long time, I can stay a long time on the court."

Mahut, a grass-court specialist, is best known for playing the longest match in tennis history at the 2010 Wimbledon.

The 32-year-old Hewitt lost in the final at Newport for the second straight year.

Hewitt, who has not won a title since 2010 in Halle, blew a chance to win the match.

The Australian served for the championship at 7-5, 5-4 but lost three straight games, dropping the second set.

Hewitt, who beat American defending champion John Isner 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in the semis, ran out of gas in the third set.

Mahut advanced to the final by beating American journeyman Michael Russell 6-2, 6-2 in the semis. EFE