Monday, July 14, 2008

Santoro clinches ATP Title

Fabrice Santoro won the Hall of Fame tennis Championships by beating Prakash Amritraj 6-3, 7-5 in the final on Sunday.The lowest ranked player to reach the final in the grass court event, the 305th ranked Amritraj got off to a good start, breaking Santoro in the first game, but could not sustain the effort. The second-seeded Frenchman reeled off the next four games. This was Santoro’s 451st career victory — the fourth highest among active players, behind Roger Federer, Carlos Moya and Lleyton Hewitt.Santoro played his first French Open in 1989.On jumping 101 places and reaching a career-best 204 on the latest ATP rankings list, Amritraj said that his goal was never in terms of rankings, but conceded that it was a good stepping stone to break further ground.Hope Prakash will play better at the Challenger event later this year.