Philippoussis Powers Past Henman, Triumphs In Scotland
by ATP Staff|
Last month, Mark Philippoussis was on the doorstep of his first ATP Champions Tour title of the season, holding a 6/0 lead in the final’s Champions Tie-break before falling against Xavier Malisse. The Aussie made no such slip-up on Saturday, defeating home favourite Tim Henman 7-6, 6-3(3) to triumph at the Brodies Invitational.
“I felt like it was a good match, I hope the crowd enjoyed it,” Philippoussis said. “I found Tim played some really good points during that match and the first set he had his opportunities. It could have gone either way and I managed to save a set point there at 5-6, but played a good tie-break.”
Philippoussis and Henman always played closely contested matches on the ATP World Tour, with the Aussie winning four of their seven FedEx ATP Head2Head encounters. But on the quick indoor surface at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, Philippoussis’ overwhelming serve was too much for the Brit to handle.
“I just held onto my serve,” Philippoussis said. “But he played some good points and it was a great atmosphere, great court. The crowd was a lot of fun and it has just been a beautiful few days here at Gleneagles.”
Coming out victorious in three of his four singles matches so far this year, it has been another strong campaign for Philippoussis, who notably captured the first three ATP Champions Tour events of the 2011 season in Delray Beach, Zurich and Bogota.
The ATP Champions Tour next travels to Spain for the Legends Cup from 4-7 October. One year ago, former World No. 1 Carlos Moya — who currently coaches 11-time Roland Garros champions Rafael Nadal — swept his three matches with the loss of just one set to raise the trophy.