Team Goran & Team Greg Advance To London Final
by ATP Staff|
The title match is locked in at MyWorld Champions Tennis after Team Goran - comprised of Juan Carlos Ferrero, Xavier Malisse and captain Goran Ivanisevic - defeated Team Tim (David Ferrer, Mark Philippoussis and captain Tim Henman) 2-1 on Saturday at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Team Goran will play Team Greg - comprised of Tommy Haas, Marcos Baghdatis and Greg Rusedski - in Sunday’s final. The teams have split their two round-robin ties this week.
Ferrero opened Saturday’s day session with a 3-4, 4-2, 10-8 comeback win over fellow Spaniard David Ferrer. There were plenty of drop shots and angled winners in the Match Tie-break, but Ferrero hung tough to prevail.
“I honestly didn’t expect to win that match, I’m really pleased with the level of my serve, especially winning the last point with an ace,” Ferrero said. “I’ve tried to keep as fit as I can for my other two matches. It could have gone either way at the end and there was little to separate both of us.”
Malisse/Ivanisevic clinched the tie with a. 4-3, 2-4, 10-3 victory over Henman/Philippoussis. The crowd were delighted with the entertaining rallies and playful banter between both teams, but Malisse/Ivanisevic raised their level in the final stages of the match. Philippoussis avoided a shutout for Team Tim by scoring a convincing 4-2, 4-1 win against Ivanisevic.
”We played some good tennis and had some good rallies. It seemed that the crowd enjoyed it and we did too,” Malisse said. “Great to get more points for Team Goran, but you almost forget about the points as it’s so much fun. Saying that, it’s always nice to get a win!”
In a preview of the championship match, Team Goran defeated Team Greg 3-0 in the evening session. Malisse scored a 4-3, 4-1 win over Baghdatis and teamed up with Ferrero for a 4-2, 2-4, 10-8 victory against Baghdatis/Rusedski. Ferrero closed out the clean sweep by defeating Haas 4-1, 4-2.
"I was a little bit tired during the match, but I could still play at a good level," Ferrero said. "I tried to save some break points against Tommy and I’m pleased with how I played overall. I'm ready for tomorrow!"