The Manilla Mavericks’ dream run in the International Premiere Tennis League came to an end on Wednesday,when the UAE Royals thrashed them 26-21. The Mavericks came back from 6-5 down, with Cilic getting the better of Tsonga.
- Manila Maverick Mark Phillippoussis triumphed 6-5 in the opening set over Goran Ivanisevic in the super shoot-out
- US Open Champion Marin Cilic broke serve in a hard hitting battle to come away with a 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Treat Huey produced moments of magic as the Mavericks took the doubles tie 6-3 defeating Nenad Zimonjic and Marin Cilic
- Zimonjic bounced back with mixed doubles partner, the in-form Mladenovic to beat Nestor and Flipkens 6-1
- Mladenovic then took the momentum into the fifth and final set with her ground stroke game prevailing, wrapping up the set 6 – 4, pulling away as outright second in the table.
What the Players Said
“This is the best I have served, I felt like I had great rhythm tonight. The fans were beautiful, this is the reason why I started playing the sport in the first place, it’s an absolute blessing. I give it my all and I always enjoy it a little bit more if I win. The most important thing for me is to give it everything and just to have fun and realize how lucky I am to be here, thank you so much for the incredible support and making it very special for us tennis players.”
“We are having a lot of fun, the whole team’s playing well and we’re enjoying it. The format is great, it is a lot of fun to play, there is a lot of energy during each tie , we are a little bit tired, but it’s very exciting and it’s good to be part of it because it’s a success and is going to stay for a long time.”
“I’ve been playing every match so far, doubles and mixed doubles, it is tough, you’ve got to stay focused, every point counts. A little lack of concentration could cost you the match and I think it’s important. The system and the points, the power points makes extra pressure, so I believe all this experience will help me when it comes to playing back on the tour, playing regular scoring. You are going to feel like you have got all the time in the world.For me this is good preparation.”
SCORE (GAMES) Musafir.com UAE ROYALS Manila Mavericks LEGENDS SINGLES IVANISEVIC 5 6 PHILLIPPOUSSIS MENS SINGLES CILIC 6 4 TSONGA MEN’S DOUBLES CILIC / ZIMONJIC 3 6 TSONGA / HUEY MIXED DOUBLES ZIMONJIC / MLADENOVIC 6 1 NESTOR / FLIPKENS LADIES SINGLES MLADENOVIC 6 4 KRISTEN FLIPKENS TOTAL SCORE Musafir.com UAE ROYALS 26 21 MANILA MAVERICKS