Mac Beats Ferreira in Statoil Masters Tennis Tournament

Our own John McEnroe is in London, England this week competing in the Statoil Masters Tennis Tournament at the world famous Royal Albert Hall.  John has won this season-ending Masters Tour event 4 times (’97 – ’99, ’03)! In his 1st match of his tournament, despite giving away over 10 years to his youthful, 42 year old opponent, Mac defeated former #6 in the world, Wayne Ferreira, 7-6(9), 6-2.  Mac was up 5-1 in the opening set tiebreak before allowing Wayne to fight his way back, but John recovered to prevail,  11-9.  That momentum lead him an easier time in the 2nd set, which he won 6-2.  Below is a portion of an article from the ATP Champions Tour website.  Click here for the full length article.

“It wasn’t without its drama – would it be a John McEnroe match otherwise? – but the American opened his Statoil Masters Tennis campaign with a 7-6(9), 6-2 victory over former World No. 6 Wayne Ferreira on Thursday evening.

McEnroe kissed the net after a lucky net cord gave him a 4-2 lead, but Ferreira came back to force a tie-break, hitting arguably the shot of the match in the process when he returned a McEnroe smash with a smash winner of his own from the baseline. “Oh, that felt good!” exclaimed the South African.

McEnroe squandered a 5-1 lead in a pulsating tie-break, but eventually prevailed 11-9. Buoyed by the lead, the American, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, put his foot down in the second set and claimed victory with two breaks in 87 minutes.”