McEnroe To Face Moya in Final
by David Law|
John McEnroe will get the chance to test himself against the best player on the ATP Champions Tour over the last couple of years - Carlos Moya - after winning through to the final of the Delray Beach tournament.
McEnroe dealt with difficult conditions on Saturday to prevail against Mats Wilander. Shortly before they were due to step on court, a thunderstorm hit the Delray Beach area and caused the match to be delayed until 11pm. McEnroe and Wilander eventually took to the court with the match shortened to a pro-set.
McEnroe, who turned 54 last week, took it 8-5, and will now have an opportunity to take on the best that the ATP Champions Tour has to offer in Moya. The Spaniard had earlier beaten Mark Philippoussis 6-4, 6-4 to advance through the round-robin stages unbeaten.
"I think I served out of my mind, and there was no wind," said McEnroe. "If I can serve like that tomorrow I have a shot. It's going to be tough. He's a great athlete and a lot younger and he's going to try to keep the points long. Hopefully I can be sharp and try to take it early."
Moya will relish the chance to take on McEnroe. In a Twitter chat on the ATP Champions Tour Twitter page on Friday (@ChampionsTennis), Moya was asked for three words to describe McEnroe. 'Most Charismatic Ever', was his answer. He also included McEnroe alongside Mark Philippoussis and Goran Ivanisevic in the 'Champions Tour players he would most like to go to dinner with' question. To read the full Twitter chat transcript with Moya and the fans, click here.
McEnroe will be giving away 18 years to his opponent, but given the way the American is playing, it will still be competitive.
Before then, Wilander will take on Aaron Krickstein at 1pm local time.