DEN BOSCH, Netherlands (AP) _ Patrick Rafter won the Heineken Trophy on Sunday for the third consecutive year, beating Nicolas Escude 6-1, 6-3 in a grass-court tuneup for Wimbledon.

Rafter and Escude completed semifinals earlier in the day after rain interrupted play Saturday with each match still in the first set.

When play resumed Sunday, Rafter overwhelmed Martin Damm of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-2. Escude of France had a tougher time, beating Michael Chang 7-6 (4), 6-2 and going into the final with just 90 minutes rest.

Rafter's victory in the $375,000 Heineken Trophy was a boost for the Australian, who has been recovering from a shoulder injury the last six months. He has a 15-0 record at Den Bosch the last three years.

``It's been a hard road since my shoulder operation,'' Rafter said. ``I played great on the big points during the week. This is just what I needed before Wimbledon.''

He has a one-day rest before his first match at Wimbledon against Jamie Delgado of England. Rafter, a grass-court specialist, has a No. 23 world ranking but is seeded 12th at Wimbledon.

Lleyton Hewitt, top-seeded at Den Bosch, withdrew before his opening game at the Dutch tournament because of an ankle injury. The Australian won at Queen's Club in London a week ago.

Rafter beat Escude at the net despite some sharp passing by the Frenchman. The Aussie broke in the sixth game of the second set with a crosscourt service return. Rafter ended the match with a serve Escude returned wide.

In the women's final Saturday, Martina Hingis of Switzerland won the title when Ruxandra Dragomir of Romania withdrew because of a toe injury while trailing 6-2, 3-0.