July 13, 2008

Newport, RI (Sports Network) - Second-seeded Fabrice Santoro defended his title with a straight-sets victory over Indian wild card Prakash Amritraj in the final of the $385,000 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.

The 35-year-old Santoro won 6-3, 7-5 to become only the third repeat winner in the tournament's history, joining Bryan Shelton and Greg Rusedski. Santoro improved to 9-0 all-time at the event.

Amritraj, 24, who is the first Indian to reach a final on the ATP since Leander Paes claimed the 1998 Newport title, fell to 6-2 this season.

Santoro won $64,000 for the tournament win, while Amritraj collected $34,000.

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