Borg Withdraws, Bruguera Wins at Seniors Sao Paulo
Posted on November 23, 2007
Sergi Bruguera continued to impress on the BlackRock Tour of Champions as a new event began in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Bruguera defeated fellow former French Open champion Andres Gomez 6-4, 6-2 at the Nossa Caixa Grand Champions Brasil as he sought his seventh title of the year.
There was disappointment for Bjorn Borg and his fans, however. The Swede, had arrived in Sao Paulo looking forward to performing in a city that he remembers fondly, but an arm injury aggravated in practice before his scheduled match against old rival Guillermo Vilas forced him out.
"I was really unlucky," said Borg.
"Coming all the way from Sweden I was really looking forward to coming back to Sao Paulo. The tournament is being played in the same arena in which I won my first tournament in Brazil. For me there are a lot of emotions to come back to the arena and play so I am really, really disappointed. I'm going to prepare for the BlackRock Masters Tennis in London now and then come back to play this tournament next year. This is a great event and the people, who are putting this event together are doing a great job. I will definitely come back and play next year."
Borg's place in the tournament was taken by fellow Swede Magnus Larsson.
Larsson defeated Vilas 6-4, 6-3.
Elsewhere, Henri Leconte won a thriller against Portuguese player Joao Cunha Silva 6-1, 6-7(5), 10-6 (Champions' Tie-break), and home favourite Fernando Meligeni defeated Mats Wilander 6-3, 7-5.
Played in front of huge, passionate crowds in Sao Paulo, Meligeni was overwhelmed by the emotion of it all.
"It's amazing," said Meligeni, who lives in Sao Paulo.
"There were so many people here cheering for me, it was a very good atmosphere and I'm very happy to be here surrounded by my friend and family."
Players are divided into two groups of four. All players in each group will play each other over the first three days, and the players finishing top of each group will meet in Sunday's final. Those finishing second in each group will contest the 3rd/4th place play-off.
Matches are played over the best of three sets, with a Champions' Tie-break (first to 10 points with a clear advantage of two) the winner.
After the Nossa Caixa Grand Champions Brasil in Sao Paulo the Tour arrives in London for the BlackRock Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall (December 4-9).
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