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McEnroe Wins Second PowerShares Series Title of the Season
By Tennis Now Staff
(November 30, 2012) --
rose to the occasion last night and played some of his best tennis of the 2012 PowerShares Series season when he fought back from a 6-5 deficit to win the last three games to beat
, 8-6 in the finals of the
, presented by Cancer Treatment Centers of America at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO.
McEnroe’s victory allowed him to gain 200 points and move within 100 of Series leader
, heading into the final event of the year Friday night in Anaheim. McEnroe will need to win again in order to steal the title from Courier.
"I had some great crowd support tonight, and that really fired me up,” said McEnroe. “The ball bounces a little differently here in Denver's thin air, but it’s really big for me to get this win. I’ll be pretty pumped to play again tomorrow night, with the whole season on the line.”
In the evening’s first semifinal, McEnroe got off to a great start by breaking Jim Courier’s serve and survived a grinding back and forth tussle to advance with a 6-4 triumph. For McEnroe, it was just his second victory over Courier in six tries on the 2012 PowerShares Series.
In the second semifinal, Michael Chang played the spoiler role by erasing any chance that
had of winning the year-end points title, when he managed to get past Agassi in a tense tiebreaker, 7-6 (9-7). The two players waged a fierce, back-and-forth battle en route to the breaker, and Agassi was able to hold off three match points, before the fourth finally got him. It was Chang’s first trip to the finals of the 2012 season.
The 2012 PowerShares Series reaches its conclusion Friday night, November 30 with the same four players in action, when they take the court for the Acura Champions Cup at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. Agassi will need to win his semifinal match against John McEnroe, in order to pass Pete Sampras and finish among the top three of the point standings and receive a share of the $1,000,000 PowerShares Series purse. McEnroe can take the year end title with another win in Anaheim but if he is unable to grab the title, Courier will finish the season as the #1 ranked player and collect the $500,000 first prize.
Semifinal 1: McEnroe def. Courier, 6-4
Semifinal 2: Chang def. Agassi, 7-6 (9-7)
Final: McEnroe def. Chang, 8-6
UPDATED 2012 POWERSHARES SERIES RANKINGS
1. Courier -
2. McEnroe - 1400
3. Sampras - 1100
4. Agassi - 1000
5. Rafter - 800
6. Chang - 600
7. Lendl - 400
8. Martin - 200
Wilander - 200
(Photo Credit: image by PowerShares Series)
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