Moya Defends His Title At Legends Cup
by ATP Staff|
Alex Corretja admitted after clinching his spot in the Legends Cup final on Saturday night that if he would end up facing compatriot Carlos Moya, the former World No. 1 would have the advantage.
The 2015 Legends Cup champion was right, as Moya beat his long-time friend and rival 6-3, 6-3 in 66 minutes to win his second consecutive trophy in Mallorca.
“Obviously it's a good feeling winning and I think I played the best match of the tournament today — better than last couple of days,” Moya said. “It was a tough match, pretty close with a few points here. I felt I played well, my forehand was working well.”
Moya was not the only one who thought he played well. Corretja, who was also undefeated heading into the final as he attempted to re-claim the tournament title, said that his opponent was simply too good Sunday evening.
"Carlos is one of the toughest opponents on the tour if not the toughest. His forehand is amazing, his serve is very good too,” Corretja said. “For me, it’s almost impossible for me to beat him these days. I would have to practice so many hours to raise my level and get my movement back and that's almost impossible. You know I'm 43, I'm not 25 anymore.”
Regardless of his age, Corretja hung in there and would retrieve an early break to stay in the match in the first set. But Moya was too strong, re-breaking the man he beat to win the 1998 Roland Garros title in the sixth game of the opening set and after that he never looked back, closing out the defence of his championship in straight sets.
"I was a bit nervous at the beginning because of that," said Moya of playing in front of his friends and family along with the rest of the Mallorcan fans. "But it felt good and I was able to play well."
Moya was undefeated all week at the Legends Cup, with his stiffest test coming on Saturday against Thomas Enqvist, when the Swedish star managed to earn a set against the Spaniard. Like he did for every opponent during the event, Moya proved too tough to beat.
In an exhibition preceding the night’s championship match, Fernando Gonzalez out-battled Enqvist, 4-6, 7-5, 10-4.
Mark Philippoussis, who defeated Enqvist in group play before losing to Moya and withdrawing from his third match due to injury, is scheduled to compete in the ATP Champions Tour’s next stop from 29 November to 3 December in London.
But perhaps Corretja summed up the exciting 2017 edition of the Legends Cup best.
“I was ready and gave everything I had,” said Corretja. “But he's [Moya] superior at this moment.”