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Past Champions To Play For Another Legends Cup Title

Moya Enqvist© Tim EdwardsCarlos Moya earned his spot in the Legends Cup final with a three-set win over Thomas Enqvist on Saturday.

The 2017 Legends Cup title will fall into the hands of a former champion. But the question is, whose?

On an intense third day of play in Mallorca, Spain, 2015 champion Alex Corretja and last year’s winner, Carlos Moya, both battled through tough three-set matches to set up a final clash between the two Spaniards on Sunday.

Corretja booked his spot in the final after a two-hour marathon against Fernando Gonzalez, 6-7, 6-4, 10-8.

"It was probably the toughest match I've played since I retired — the toughest day and toughest opponent,” Corretja said. “He was serving bombs. He did unbelievable forehands, backhands, he played great drop shots. I just hung in there, tried to play as deep as I could and managed to stay in the match. I'm very happy because for me always giving 100 percent is the most important thing and I feel very proud about our match — for both of us.”

Corretja did not have an easy moment in the match, clawing his way back into the first set before losing in a tie-break, and then needing to break twice in the second set just to force a third-set super tie-break, which he managed to pull through. While the de-facto semi-final was extremely tough, Corretja knows that it will not likely get any easier.

"If Carlos gets to the finals, I think he has the advantage,” Corretja said. “He's been playing very well and he's practising with Rafa [Nadal], which means a lot. But it's a final and it will be nice to play against him again — we've played very important finals in our lives. I'm very pleased — it's just a gift for me to be here and I'm going to try enjoy it as much as I can."

While it was a tough defeat for Gonzalez, it wasn’t all a loss.

"It was a great match. It was fun but of course more fun for Alex, but I had a great time,” Gonzalez said. “I did very good shots and like always with Alex, you have to hit many balls and he made me pay for that because I was very tired at the end of the first set."

Last year’s winner, Moya, clinched his berth in the final with a 7-6, 2-6, 10-4 victory over Thomas Enqvist.

“It was a very close match — could have gone either way, so I was lucky to win it and hopefully I’m going to play on the same level tomorrow in the final,” Moya said. “[I’ve] always had exciting matches with Alex in the past, great battles playing for important tournaments. It’s always special playing against him, so hopefully the crowd is going to enjoy it and we will too.”

After a first set that had no breaks, Enqvist forced a decider by breaking twice in the second. But Moya gained an early lead in the super tie-break with several well-placed volleys at the end of long rallies, and that was enough separation to earn the win.

“It was a lot of fun – full crowd and Carlos was very into the match,” Enqvist said. “Playing Carlos here in his home town was very special. He’s a little bit too good, but I think I did well. I’m happy with the way I played. I had a good match and I made him work a little bit.”

Gonzalez was set to play Philippoussis for third place, but due to an injury, Enqvist will step in to play the Chilean in an exhibition before the thrilling weekend comes to an end with the Corretja-Moya final.

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