Pat Rafter set up a Statoil Masters Tennis final with
Tim Henman after defeating Goran Ivanisevic 7-6(5), 6-4
to win Group B.
“Tim’s a great fellow,” said
Rafter, who had a 3-2 record over the Briton on the ATP
World Tour. “The last time we played in London
(Wimbledon fourth round 1998), he kicked my butt. We’ll
go out there, have fun, go hard at each other and
hopefully put on a good match.
“I haven't seen
Timmy play for a while, but I hear he's better at golf
than tennis now. That bodes well for me.”
rematch of the 2001 Wimbledon final, Rafter produced
what he claimed was his best ever serving display. With
Henri Leconte chiming in from the courtside boxes during
a sponsor suite visit, Rafter found a winning forehand
return to gain the edge in the first-set tie-break and
clinched the opener with an ace.
into a 4-0 lead in the second set, with Ivanisevic
calling on advice from spectators to combat the Aussie’s
purple patch. The Croatian clawed his way back to 5-4,
but Rafter closed out victory.
“It’s weird, I
don’t think I was playing that well on the tour 12 years
ago,” said Rafter. “I would have won a few more matches
if I'd played like that! I was really happy with how it
went. I can’t ever remember serving that well. I wish I
knew what the secret was to that when I was playing! I
moved well, returned well. I can’t play any better than
Ivanisevic said, “He served unbelievable.
I’ve played him so many times on tour and he never
served like that. He was just too good. It was really
enjoyable to play and lose against a guy like that.”
Legends - McEnroe vs. Wilander In Final
A win for Wayne Ferreira over Sergi Bruguera
guaranteed John McEnroe will contest the Legends final
at the Statoil Masters Tennis against Mats Wilander on
Ferreira, who lost to McEnroe in
straight sets on Thursday, defeated Bruguera 6-4, 6-4,
meaning McEnroe tops Group A on sets won.
I last saw Wayne last night I wasn’t liking the look of
his chances so I’m pleased he’s pulled that one out of
the bag today," said McEnroe. "I definitely owe Wayne
dinner tonight that’s for sure."
to the final against seven-time Grand Slam champion
Wilander, McEnroe commented, “He’s probably seen
everything I’ve got. I don’t think we have any secrets
from one another so that should make for a good match.”
Thomas Enqvist made the most of his opportunity to
fill in and play at the Statoil Masters Tennis on
Saturday afternoon. The Swede was victorious over
Fabrice Santoro, leading 7-6(6), 2-3 when the Frenchman
was forced to retire.
Santoro would have
contested Sunday’s final, but, due to his injury, was
forced to retire from the tournament and Tim Henman will
take his place, having come second in the group.
McEnroe, Rafter Join #AskRF
was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter as Roger Federer
took over for nearly two hours to welcome questions from
It was too good an opportunity to miss for
John McEnroe and Pat Rafter, who tweeted the 17-time
Grand Slam champion from London, where they are
competing at the Statoil Masters Tennis.
asked: “@rogerfederer When are you going to start using
me as your art advisor? Happy New Year. #askRF”
To which Federer responded: “@ChampionsTennis Let's talk
about it in Australia John. Hope you're enjoying the
Rafter, who had a perfect 3-0 record against Federer on
the ATP World Tour, teased the Swiss: “@rogerfederer
When will you be ready to come onto the @ChampionsTennis
and try to get your first win against me? #askRF”
To which Federer responded: “@ChampionsTennis Pat, I'll
stay on the ATP tour as long as I can so I don't have to
play you again #ScaryServeAndVolley”
hearing Federer's response, Rafter laughed, "He's being
cheeky! I know he wants to play me! He wants revenge.
But it sounds like he's going to be on the tour for a
few more years. So I'll probably be off the [ATP
Champions] Tour by the time he gets on it."
RESULTS/ORDER OF PLAY
ATP Champions Tour Singles
Group A Henman, Philippoussis, Santoro
B Ivanisevic, Rafter, Rusedski
Group A Bruguera,
Group B Bates, Leconte, Wilander
Wednesday 4th December
Ivanisevic d. Rusedski 7-6, 7-6
Leconte d. Bates 7-6(2), 7-5
Henman d. Philippoussis 5-4 (ret)
Thursday 5th December
Leconte 6-3, 6-4
Rafter d. Rusedski 6-3, 6-2
Ferreira 7-6(9), 6-2
Friday 6th December
Santoro d. Henman 6-4, 3-6, 10-3
Bates 5-3 ret.
Bruguera d. McEnroe 7-6(3), 3-6, 10-7
Saturday 7th December
Enqvist d. Santoro 7-6(6), 2-3 retired
Bruguera 6-4, 6-4
Rafter d. Ivanisevic 7-5(5), 6-4
Sunday 8th December
Legends: John McEnroe vs. Mats Wilander
ATP Champions Tour: Tim Henman vs. Pat Rafter
*All timings may be subject to change and are dependent
on the length of p