Philippoussis Sets Henman Clash In Gleneagles Final

Alan Rennie Photography/Brodies InvitationalAussie Mark Philippoussis defeats Scot Colin Fleming in a Champions Tie-break to reach the Gleneagles championship match.

Mark Philippoussis will face Tim Henman for the Brodies Invitational title on Saturday after the pair earned hard-fought victories in Friday’s semi-finals at the historic Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.

Philippoussis, who reached the BNP Paribas Fortis Champions final last month, battled past home favourite Colin Fleming 7-5, 4-6, 10-8.

“It was fun,” Philippoussis said. “Colin doesn’t play a lot of singles and did a great job. We played some great points and I hope the crowd was entertained because that’s what it's about. And the Champions Tie-break at the end was a lot of fun.”

After the match, the Australian predicted that due to the fast indoor conditions, he would face Henman in the final. And the 11-time tour-level champion was proven correct. The Brit defeated former World No. 1 Thomas Muster 6-4, 6-3 in his first ATP Champions Tour match of the season.

“Thomas and I have played each other over the years and it's always good to get the guys back together. He still hits a great shot and it was a fun game,” Henman said. “It’s great to get out here and play a couple of sets and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Philippoussis won four of the pair’s seven FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings while the champions competed on the ATP World Tour.

“He has threatened to beat me a few times over the years. He has come a long way, so hopefully he will be nice and jetlagged and tired for tomorrow,” Henman joked. “I’m looking forward to it... it’s fun playing. The confidence is going through the roof.”

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