November 28, 2019
Former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero helped Team Goran to victory over Team Tim on Thursday night at the myWorld Champions Tennis, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Ferrero, the 2018 Champions Tennis winner, defeated 2003 Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis, representing Team Tim, 4-1 4-2. The Spaniard broke in the first game of each set, finishing the encounter with a drop shot winner.
“I feel so much better than before the match, it’s always tough to play the first match, but very happy to get Team Goran on the scoresheet,” said Ferrer. “I enjoyed the new format as things happen so fast and it can change very quickly. I hope to stay at the same level for the next match. It helped that I got a break point in the first games of both sets so I could relax a bit more.”
Xavier Malisse and Goran Ivanisevic then provided Team Goran it’s second tie-winning point with a 4-1, 4-3 victory over Tim Henman and David Ferrer in the doubles rubber.
Malisse said, “I thought we all played good tennis and Goran and I started really strong in the first set. We had good rallies in the second set and great interaction with the crowd, which is what it’s all about. It’s so good to be back at the Royal Albert Hall. I think this is actually my sixth year, every time I step into this venue, it becomes more and more unbelievable. So many deuces during the match, I think that one game was longer than the whole set! It’s good because it’s competitive and it’s a great format, which makes it a lot of fun to play.”
Former World No. 3 Ferrer, who retired from the ATP Tour in May this year, returned to the court to beat 2001 Wimbledon champion Ivanisevic 4-1, 4-1 in the second singles rubber for Team Tim’s first point of the day. Earlier in the day, Team Tim lost to Team Greg 3-0.
After the match, Ferrer commented, “It was a pleasure to play with Goran and I think we played some good tennis throughout the match. I especially like playing at the Royal Albert Hall as it’s so different to any other venue and you can hear every voice in the crowd. Bring on the next match.”
Going into day two on Friday, the points are as follows:
Team Greg – 2
Team Goran – 2
Team Tim – 0