Bruguera Wins Barcelona Title, Climbs to No 2

Posted on April 24, 2006

Despite his multiple French Open successes, Sergi Bruguera never won a Barcelona title during his ATP career, but on Sunday raised the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions senior title in his home country with a 6-1, 6-4 win over fellow Spaniard Carlos Costa.

"I couldn't win the tournament when I was a pro, so I'm really happy to have won it on the Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions," Bruguera told reporters. "For all the Spaniards like (Carlos) Carlos, Javier Sanchez and me, it's wonderful to play here. It feels like we are professionals all over again."

With the claycourt win Bruguera leapt from 10th to No. 2 on the Combined Senior Rankings, with Costa debuting at No. 9 on the season.

In the third-place playoff, Richard Krajicek defeated John McEnroe in a third-set tiebreak.

Krajicek climbs to No. 5, and McEnroe falls from 7 to No. 8.

Jim Courier and McEnroe are among players taking to the court this week at the senior tour stop in Boston.

(through April 23)

1. Marcelo Rios (800 pts.)
2. Sergi Bruguera (480)
3. Cedric Pioline (450)
4T. Jim Courier (400)
4T. Richard Krajicek (400)
6. Pat Cash (390)
7. Thomas Muster (375)
8. John McEnroe (325)
9. Carlos Costa (250)
10. Henri Leconte (205)

The Combined Senior Rankings is a cumulative ranking for senior tour players combining results from the competing Merrill Lynch Tour of Champions in Europe, and the Outback Champions Series in the U.S.