Moya Downs McEnroe in Delray Beach Final
by Catherine Whitaker|
Carlos Moya completed a successful defence of his Delray Beach ITC title on Sunday after defeating his childhood idol John McEnroe 6-4, 6-2 in the event's final.
With an 18 year age advantage over his American opponent Moya, who beat Ivan Lendl in last year's final in Delray Beach, was firm favourite going into the match. The win extend's the Spaniard's unbeaten run at the tournament to seven matches, and places him atop the ATP Champions Tour Rankings once more.
After the match, Moya explained what a privilege it was to play the final against McEnroe.
"John was my idol growing up so just being on the court with him is special," he said. "John has a tricky game, he's not easy to play. He still serves really well and has great volleys so he isn't an easy opponent. He's fun to play and I think that match would have been good to watch."
"I love this event and I am pleased that I have won here again. The atmosphere is great and I have had a great time again this week."
Though disappointed, 54 year-old McEnroe was pleased with the defence he mounted against 37 year-old Moya.
"I think it's not a bad effort, I'm pleased with how I played," he said. "The conditions today were tough, I don't think either Carlos or I are used to playing in this kind of heat and humidity anymore. But I've had a great week here and the fans have been fantastic so I'm leaving Delray happy."
McEnroe's next event will be the in Stockholm Sweden from March 12th to 15th where the American will be launching the defence of the Kings of Tennis by Index International title that he won last year.