June 15, 2019
Tim Henman joked after his semi-final win at the Brodies Tennis Invitational that he did not want to face former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the championship match because of the Spaniard’s level.
Ferrero showed why on Saturday, defeating Henman 6-3, 6-4 to lift his first ATP Champions Tour trophy of the season. He did not drop a set this weekend en route to his triumph.
“It’s always nice to be on the court and feel that you are still competitive, even if you are 39,” Ferrero said. “I enjoyed that match and playing here. I enjoy every event that the ATP Champions Tour organises for us and I think that this is one of the best because of the beautiful place that we have here at Gleneagles.”
Ferrero clinched the title with a perfect backhand passing shot, a clean winner against the approaching Henman. The Spaniard also won his most recent tournament on the ATP Champions Tour in London last year, when he was victorious at the Royal Albert Hall.
“I’m still competitive I think. Maybe my advantage is still living at my academy,” Ferrero said. “I play very often, so I stay fit and go to the gym and I’m coaching a junior boy, so I’m practising with him a lot of times so that’s why I can stay fresh maybe longer than the other players on the court and stay at a good level.”
Henman also fell just short of the title at Gleneagles last year, losing in the final against Aussie Mark Philippoussis. But the Brit enjoyed his time at this event in Scotland.
“It’s been a great atmosphere,” Henman said. “We’ve had such good support from the crowd. I think the level tennis was pretty decent at times, but he was far too good today.
“We’ve had a lot of fun on the court and to play the final against Juan Carlos was a lot of fun. But he’s still very sharp, he’s still playing a lot of tennis and was definitely the best player this weekend.”