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februari 2019

Hass survives Gonzales challenge at Delray Beach

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Tommy Haas withstood an in-form Fernando Gonzalez on Day 2 at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. The Chilean won all three of his matches at this event last year to lead Team Americas to victory, but Haas rallied on Saturday to defeat the Chilean 6-7(5), 6-3, 13-11.

Team World now holds a 4-2 lead over Team Americas after winning three of four matches on Saturday. They need to only win one of Sunday’s two scheduled matches to take the title.

Gonzalez holds a 4-1 lead over Haas in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry from their days on the ATP Tour, but Haas turned the tables in front of a large crowd on Saturday night. He hung tough against a barrage of big forehands from Gonzalez and stepped in the court when he had the chance to secure the win.

“It was fun at times and serious at times. He came up with some unbelievable shots and when he’s on, he’s still one of the toughest players I’ve ever faced,” said Haas. “It got pretty competitive out there. The outcome of the match is not so important these days, but you still want to win.”

The day proved to be especially memorable for Haas as he was added to the Delray Beach Open Walk of Fame. The German won the title here in 2006.

“It’s an absolute honor and I didn’t expect it. To be the third inductee after John McEnroe and the Bryan brothers is really special,” said Haas. “I always enjoy playing this event and Florida has a special place in my heart having been a resident and spending so much time here.”

Tim Henman of Great Britain showed off some impressive volleys in his 6-4, 6-2 win over American Jan-Michael Gambill. After securing the opening set, Henman began to open up on his serve and raced through the latter stages of the match.

“I first came here in 1991 to play a junior event,” said Henman. “It’s fantastic to have such a good group of people who are organising this event and have such great support from the fans.”

Jesse Levine handily defeated Wayne Ferreira of South Africa 6-3, 6-3 in the other match on Saturday’s evening schedule. The Canadian has yet to drop a set in his two singles matches this week.

The first doubles match of this year’s event saw Ferreira and Mikael Pernfors defeat Gonzalez and Jay Berger 6-3, 4-6, 10-5.

Sunday will see the 2019 Delray Beach Open wrap up with a doubles match featuring Gambill and Gonzalez taking on Ferreira and Henman, followed by Haas against Levine.

Levine thrills home crowd with Delray Beach win

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Team Americas and Team World are tied 1-1 after Day 1 at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com, with Jesse Levine picking up the first point for Team Americas and Tommy Haas evening the score for Team International on Friday.

The Canadian opened up play with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tim Henman. Levine, who now lives in nearby Boca Raton, had a vocal contingent of friends and family cheering him on. He controlled the majority of the rallies and hit the shot of the night with an around-the-post winner.

“Tim is someone I always looked up to as a kid, so to share the court with him was pretty special for me,” said Levine. “It’s obviously for fun out there, but we want to win and it got pretty competitive.

In the second match of the night, Haas outlasted American Jan-Michael Gambill 7-6(4), 7-5. The former World No. 2 and 2006 Delray Beach Open champion, who ended his 22-year ATP Tour career this past March, showed plenty of the flashy baseline play that saw him defeat Roger Federer just two years ago.

“I played on the Champions Tour for the first time last year and it’s nice to see all the familiar faces,” said Haas. “It’s always nice to come out and have some fans show up in the stands. This is something I still really enjoy doing and I try to see what I can still do out there.”

Saturday’s day session schedule opens with doubles action featuring Fernando Gonzalez and Jay Berger taking on Wayne Ferreira and Mikael Pernfors, followed by Henman squaring off against Gambill.

The night session will see Levine battle Wayne Ferreira of South Africa, followed by Haas taking on Fernando Gonzalez of Chile. Gonzalez won all three of his matches at the 2018 Delray Beach Open to lead Team International to victory.

Gonzales set to lead Team Americas in Delray Beach

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Fernando Gonzalez won all three of his matches at the 2018 Delray Beach Open to lead Team International to a thrilling victory in Florida. But now leading Team Americas as its captain, the Chilean will hope to achieve the same result against Team World.

Gonzalez, who won 11 ATP Tour titles and climbed as high as No. 5 in the ATP Rankings, is set to play two doubles matches and a singles match in Delray Beach as he attempts to lead his team to victory once again. Perhaps the match that sticks out the most on paper is Saturday evening’s singles clash in primetime (8:00 pm), pitting Gonzalez against former World No. 2 and 2006 Delray Beach winner Tommy Haas.

Gonzalez won four of his five FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings against Haas, with their biggest match coming in the 2007 Australian Open semi-finals. The Chilean broke serve five times while also winning 87 per cent of his first-serve points to triumph in one hour and 31 minutes, reaching his lone Grand Slam final.

While the powerful right-hander would lose to Roger Federer in the final, his win against Haas capped an impressive run during which he also beat Juan Martin del Potro, Lleyton Hewitt, James Blake, Rafael Nadal. Gonzalez will hope to find his best level, like he did during that fortnight, against Haas on Saturday. He will also be competing in doubles earlier in the day, as well as on Sunday.

The other former champion returning to compete in Delray Beach’s ATP Champions Tour event is American Jan-Michael Gambill. Gambill will face Haas in the second match of the event on Friday evening. Opening the tournament is Tim Henman and Jesse Levine.

While World No. 5 Kevin Anderson will compete in the ATP Tour event, a fellow South African star will play in the ATP Champions Tour competition. Former World No. 6 Wayne Ferreira will face Levine on Saturday evening, and also battle in two doubles matches. Also be sure to look out for British legend Tim Henman, Mikael Pernfors and Jay Berger.

Did You Know?
Gambill, who triumphed in Delray Beach in 2001 and 2003, is the only American to win the event twice.

Tournament Schedule
Friday, 15 February 2019
6:00 pm – Tim Henman (Team World) vs. Jesse Levine (Team Americas)
8:00 pm – Tommy Haas (Team World) vs. Jan-Michael Gambill (Team Americas)

Saturday, 16 February 2019
12:30 pm – Wayne Ferreira/Mikael Pernfors (Team World) vs. Fernando Gonzalez/Jay Berger (Team Americas)
2:30 pm – Tim Henman (Team World) vs. Jan-Michael Gambill (Team Americas)
6:00 pm – Wayne Ferreira (Team World) vs. Jesse Levine (Team Americas)
8:00 pm – Tommy Haas (Team World) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (Team Americas)

Sunday, 17 February 2019
12:30 pm – Wayne Ferreira/Tim Henman (Team World) vs. Fernando Gonzalez/Jan-Michael Gambill (Team Americas)
2:30 pm – Tommy Haas (Team World) vs. Jesse Levine (Team Americas)