Corretja Wins First ATP Champions Tour Victory Over Enqvist

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Spaniard Alex Corretja has won a first ever ATP Champions Tour title with victory over Thomas Enqvist 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 in the final of the Legends Cup in Palma, Mallorca.

The final was a close one, with Corretja displaying all the laconic topspin-laden clay court style that took him to two French Open finals. Enqvist’s greater weight of shot enabled the Swede to hit through the spin in the first set, but the momentum shifted early in the second, and Corretja’s superior clay court skills proved decisive.

‘I am so happy in this moment,’ said Corretja after the victory. ‘I thought this match would be fun but Thomas made me work so hard and I had to produce some really good tennis to be able to win.’

‘It’s funny, before the match my daughter told me she thought Thomas would win because he looks younger. I guess it’s my grey hair! So at least she can be proud of me for beating someone like Thomas, because he is in amazing shape still.’

Corretja also reflected on the week as a whole, which he says has been a very special experience.

‘I feel honoured to be at this tournament this week,’ he said. ‘To be back in this family of tennis is a special thing and it has been such a pleasure, and to win is an extra joy. Thank you so much to this wonderful crowd for giving the support that helped me to win.’

An in-depth interview with Corretja in which he talks about his life, his career, his time coaching Andy Murray and his iconic match against Pete Sampras at the 1996 US Open will be available on The Tennis Podcast, a free downloadable radio show, from Monday. To subscribe free to the Tennis Podcast to listen to the full interview when it is out, click here:

In the match to decide 3rd and 4th place in the competition Great Britain’s Tim Henman secured a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Thomas Muster to gain himself 250 ranking points for a third place finish.

The ATP Champions Tour will now move on to Seoul (South Korea), Monterrey (Mexico), Verona and Modena (Italy), before arriving in London (England) in December.

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