McEnroe wins Delray Beach Opener
by Catherine Whitaker|
John McEnroe kicked off his 2013 Delray Beach ITC Campaign in style on Friday evening with a hard-fought 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 victory over felllow Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash.
McEnroe, who was a finalist in Delray Beach in 2010, explained after the match that the vocal Delray Beach crowd had helped him over the finishing line.
"Well the crowd was good and that got me through in the end," he said. "I was a little up and down but I havn't played in a couple of months so that's to be expected and I think it's going to get a little bit better each day."
McEnroe will play Mats Wilander on Saturday evening to try and cement his place in a second Delray Beach ITC final. The American is feeling good ahead of the match-up.
"Well I like my chances against Mats tomorrow," said McEnroe. "I think that if I play up to what I'm capable of I'll be in good shape. Things are going to be a hell of a lot tougher on Sunday I know that, but first things first, and we'll see how it goes. But I feel like I'll play better tomorrow."
In the Group B match on Friday defending Champion Carlos Moya continued his unbeaten record at the Delray Beach ITC by beating Floridian Aaron Krickstein 6-4, 6-4.
Moya will now face ATP Champions Tour rival Mark Philippoussis in his second Group Stage match on Saturday at the Delray Beach International Tennis Centre. A victory in that match would assure the Spaniard a second consecutive final berth at the tournament.