Sarsian Beats Steven for Hall of Fame

NEWPORT–RI (Reuter)–Fifth seed Sargis Sargsian of Armenia picked up his first career ATP Tour title Sunday by outdueling eighth seed Brett Steven of New Zealand 7-6 (7-0) 4-6 7-5 in the final of the $255,000 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

The 24-year-old Sargsian–the 1995 US national collegiate singles champion while attending Arizona State–earned a first prize of $36,200.

The 28-year-old Steven–ranked 90th in the world–was also seeking his first career ATP Tour title. He had knocked off second seed Mark Woodforde and third seed Grant Stafford en route to his first final since appearing in his native Auckland in 1996.

Defending champion Nicolas Pereira of Venezuela did not enter as he represented his country in Davis Cup qualifying this weekend.

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