Ageing warrior Lleyton Hewitt claimed the 30th title of his career when he downed towering Croat Ivo Karlovic in the final of the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, Rhode Island. Australian Hewitt, who famously lost to Karlovic in the first round of Wimbledon as defending champion in 2003, edged a grass-court battle between the two tour veterans 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3) in two and-a-half hours. "I felt relief to have finally won here," Hewitt, who won the Newport final in his third successive bid, said. For me, I've come here the last three years and have come awfully close the last two years. It's nice to be rewarded today Lleyton Hewitt "For me, I've come here the last three years and have come awfully close the last two years. It's nice to be rewarded today." The 33-year-old has now won eight grass-court titles, second only to Roger Federer among active players and is one of only four current players to have 30 career titles. But he did it the hard way, squandering two match points on serve in the second set, before Karlovic broke and subsequently took the tiebreak. "We had tough conditions today, especially for serving," Hewitt said of the gusty winds. "I was just trying to play clean tennis as much as possible. From the baseline I was able to adjust to [the] wind better than him." Karlovic said his serve, his greatest weapon, had deserted him in the final. "I was committing a lot of double faults and missing volleys, both of which I don't normally do," he said. "That was because of the wind and because Hewitt was always right there." According to the men's governing body, ATP, the combined 68 years and 10 months between Hewitt and Karlovic made the match the oldest tour-level final since 1977, when Ken Rosewall and Tom Gorman played in the Hong Kong final (74 years and eight months).