The crowds on the final day of myWorld Champions Tennis were treated to two of the world's most promising juniors on court for the opening match on the finals day.
Jack Draper and Carlos Alcaraz opened the Sunday afternoon session with a gripping singles before being joined by their respective countrymen Tim Henman and Juan Carlos Ferrero
Team Greg (3) V Team Goran (1)
Overall - After four days of exciting competition, Team Greg, comprised of Tommy Haas, Marcos Baghdatis and captain Greg Rusedski emerged victorious at myWorld Champions Tennis. They defeated Team Goran (Juan Carlos Ferrero, Xavier Malisse and captain Goran Ivanisevic) 3-1 in Sunday’s finals.
Match 1 – Haas v Ferrero
Ferrero, 4-3, 4-1
Team Greg’s Haas and Team Goran’s Ferrero took to the court first to kick off the Finals of myWorld Champions Tennis in the singles rubber.
The first set was particularly close with both men producing strong serves and well-timed returns to the delight of the crowd. Ferrero won the tiebreak and won the first set 4-3.
In the second set Ferrero broke early to lead 3-1 (40-15) and went onto win 4-1. The Spaniard went undefeated (5-0) in all his singles matches for Team Goran.
After the match Ferrero commented: “Before the match I wanted to play aggressive all the time but my body is not as good as the first days but it was great, once I got going I felt good and my serve is helping a lot with some aces throughout. I tried to keep going and I tried to make Team Goran win.”
Match 2 – Rusedski/Haas v Ivanisevic/Malisse
Rusedski/Hass, 4-0, 4-3 (5-4)
Team Greg kept themselves alive when Rusedski and Haas prevailed in a 4-0, 4-3 (5-4) thriller against Ivanisevic and Malisse.
Rusedski and Haas broke in the second (40-15) and fourth game (40-30) to win the set 4-0.
In the second set, Team Goran broke in the third game with a spectacular drop-shot (40-30) and extended their lead to 3-1. Team Greg pulled it back which led to a tie-break (3-3). Rusedski and Haas won the tie-break 5-4.
After the match Haas commented: “I came a little short in the singles but pulled it off in the doubles with Greg which was great. Up to Marcos now if he can clinch Team Greg the victory. It was a high quality singles match both Juan Carlos came out and we really gave it our best, especially in this day in age. I’m proud of how we played and hopefully the crowd enjoyed it, it was fun. I really like this new format so playing two matches back-to-back isn’t that bad! You start to feel it in the second match when you get to a certain age and don’t train as much but obviously a lot of fun and playing in this arena and in front of the crowd. The doubles was really fun with great guys on court, I feel very privileged to be here.”
Match 3 – Baghdatis v Malisse
Baghdatis, 4-2, 4-2
In the second singles rubber of the evening, Team Greg made it 2-1.
Team Greg broke in the fifth game to lead 3-2. Baghdatis extended this lead and won the first set 4-2 (40-30).
In the second set, Baghdatis broke again in the fifth game to lead 3-2 (40-30) and went onto win the set 4-2.
Match 4 – Rusedski/Baghdatis v Ivanisevic/Ferrero
Rusedski/Baghdatis, 4-1, 4-2
In the second doubles rubber, Team Greg claimed myWorld Champions Tennis victory over Team Gorans, Ivanisevic and Ferrero.
Team Greg broke in the second game of the first set and further extended their lead to 3-0.
Rusedski and Baghdatis continued to serve well and had powerful forehands and backhands. They broke again in the fifth game and went on to win 4-2.
After the match Greg commented: “This has been brilliant, I’ve loved the new format. It’s been great to win the Champions Tour event for the first time especially in the team format. I think the team this week was brilliant with Tommy and Marcos, I’ve actually never lost a team event with Marcos before having played with him in the CTL a few years back. I think the crowd really enjoyed it and having the three teams. It was all pretty tight throughout the week and it just came down to a few points.”
Baghdatis commented: “Juan Carlos and Tommy played very high level tennis in the first match so it was unlucky we lost that one. Then Greg and Tommy did their job in the doubles and then my win helped with the positive team mentality. Fortunate for us we won the doubles too! We had a lot of fun out there so whatever the result it didn’t matter. The goal was to have fun and the most important thing was to make sure the crowd enjoyed it. If they enjoyed it, I enjoyed it! I loved it out there so much.”
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