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Boston results :http://www.championsseriestennis.com...le_results.php
Quarterfinal - Mark Philippoussis def. Wayne Ferreira 6-3 6-2
Semifinal Match 1 - Philippoussis def. Courier 4-6 7-6 (5) 10-7
Championship Final - Philippoussis def. McEnroe 6-3 4-6 10-5 (TB)
some details about the final:
BOSTON, May 2, 2010 – Mark Philippoussis staved off John McEnroe 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 (Champions Tie-breaker) Sunday to win the $150,000 Staples Champions Cup for his first career title on the Champions Series circuit, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over.
Phillippoussis, 33, earned $60,000 for the title as well as 800 ranking points to become the new Champions Series points leader for 2010.
Philippoussis cruised to a 5-0 lead out of the gate before McEnroe was able to get on the scoreboard. After McEnroe threatened to make the first set competitive by winning three games in a row, Philippoussis served out the set on his second opportunity. McEnroe jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set, showing the spirit and fire that carried him into his fifth decade of competitive tennis. Philippoussis hung tough and connected on some blazing groundstroke winners – mixed with a few untimely McEnroe unforced errors – to break back in the seventh game of the second set. After each player then held their serve, McEnroe broke Philippoussis to win the second set 6-4, punctuated with a forehand volley winner, followed by a forceful fist-pump and scream of approval.
In the Champions Tie-breaker – a first-to-10-point tie-breaker played in lieu of a third set – Philippoussis proved to be too strong for the man 17 years his senior, hitting four aces, three groundstroke winners and winning six of the last seven points to close out the title.
“I knew I had to play some good tennis today,” said Philippoussis, who lost to Roger Federer in the 2003 Wimbledon final. “I wanted to play good tennis for myself more than anything. I came out good with an early break and things started to go my way. At 5-0, I had some set points and at 5-2, he started coming back and playing better and better. I think once he got into the match it got dangerous for me.”
Philippoussis, who was two years old when McEnroe won his first Grand Slam singles title at the 1979 U.S. Open, has been struggling with knee injuries over the last few years. He has undergone six knee surgeries - three on the right knee and three on the left – and is finally beginning to feel at full strength.
“This is about going out there and having fun and building strength on my body and my knee,” said Philippoussis. “This is about getting matches and getting on the court and doing what I love doing.”
McEnroe was appearing in the Boston final for a fourth time in the fifth year of the event. The 51-year-old, who won his only Boston title in 2008, said he felt extra motivated after being down 0-5 and proving that he could come back and make it a match.
“I was getting blown out,” said McEnroe. “I wanted to show that I have been playing well and hopefully if I could get it going. I felt that I had a chance at the end.
The turning point, he said, was the fumbled half-volley he dribbled into the net at 4-4 in Champions Tie-breaker.
“I had one bad point at four all,” said McEnroe. “I hesitated a little bit and the next thing you know it’s 8-4. I felt like I played well and it wasn’t like I was playing badly.”
Mark with Borg
recent blog from mark:
Dear Matuse Family,
Boston was a fun week and my first time visiting the city. I didn’t know but was surprised on how similar it was to my hometown Melbourne (Australia). The weather ended up being amazing but unfortunately I didn’t have the time to walk around and check out this gorgeous city.
I was invited to play a Champion Series Event which I was very exited about because it had an amazing field of players. Tennis legend Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Mats Wilander, Milael Pernfors, Jimmy Arias and Wayne Ferreira were all participating. The best thing about it is that they are all great guys so it makes the whole week that much better.
Before the event started I had a few appearances which I always enjoy. Kids day, pro ams and hitting with and meeting the sponsors. My first match was again Wayne Ferreira which is always a tough match. I won that 6/3, 6/2 and was happy with the way I played. The second one was going to be tougher because I was playing Jim Courier. He’s still playing some great tennis and hitting the ball well. The score was 4/6, 7/6, 10/6 (third set is a champions tie break first to 10). This was a fun match to play and I was happy that I was still hitting the ball well.
Now it’s finals day and I’m playing John McEnroe (I want to kick his ass because he was talking a little crap before the match). First set was 6/3 and I was up 5-0 but took my foot off the gas. I lost the second set 4/6 which I wasn’t happy about. Now 3rd set was the champions tie break and I didn’t want to lose to him (I wouldn’t hear the end of it otherwise). I played a great breaker and won it 10/5 along with bragging rights.
So that’s pretty much it for my week in Boston. I visited a great city, played well, hung with great people and pocketed some coin. It’s good to be back home in San Diego. I can’t wait to get into the water and surf the next South Swell.