The International Tennis Hall of Fame Championships saw the crowning of Rajeev Ram for the second time in his professional career, as he toppled towering Croat Ivo Karlovic on Sunday evening.
It was an incredible conclusion to a startlingly solid week for Ram, who started his week with an opening round win against top seed John Isner and a quarter-final win against fifth seed Adrian Mannarino in the final eight.
“To say that I felt like I’d be the winner at the end of the week… I had no idea,” said Ram, who will move into the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday. “The first win was more elation, this one is more satisfaction just because I did it again.”
Karlovic finished runner-up at Newport for the second consecutive year, as he lost to Lleyton Hewitt at last year’s tournament final. He was bidding to win his seventh title on the ATP World Tour.
“It was a difficult match,” said Karlovic. “In the end, he was a little bit better. Like last year, it was a really tight match. I could have won both years. There’s always next year.”
Ram earned $84,250 and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points for his efforts.