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.
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)