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Statoil Masters Tennis: Rafter vs. Henman and McEnroe vs. Wilander in finals
     
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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.”
 
In a 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.
 
Rafter raced 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 that.”
 
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 Sunday.
 
Ferreira, who lost to McEnroe in straight sets on Thursday, defeated Bruguera 6-4, 6-4, meaning McEnroe tops Group A on sets won.
 
"When 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."
 
Looking ahead 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
 
It was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter as Roger Federer took over for nearly two hours to welcome questions from fans.
 
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.
 
McEnroe 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 #DidJohnMcEnroeJustAskMeAQuestion #askRF”
 
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”
 
Upon 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 
Group B Ivanisevic, Rafter, Rusedski 


Legends Singles 
Group A Bruguera, Ferreira, McEnroe 
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 

Wilander d. 

Leconte 6-3, 6-4

 

Rafter d. Rusedski 6-3, 6-2

McEnroe d. 

Ferreira  7-6(9), 6-2


Friday 6th December 

Santoro d. Henman 6-4, 3-6, 10-3

Wilander d. 

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

Ferreira d. 

Bruguera 6-4, 6-4

Rafter d. Ivanisevic 7-5(5), 6-4

 


Sunday 8th December 

Legends: John McEnroe vs. Mats Wilander

Doubles Exhibition 


At 5pm 

ATP Champions Tour: Tim Henman vs. Pat Rafter
Doubles Exhibition 

*All timings may be subject to change and are dependent on the length of p

 



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