John McEnroe got a step closer to winning the PowerShares Series as he claimed his second title of the season at the Jeep Championships, presented by Cancer Treatment Centers of America at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.
Appearing with McEnroe at the penultimate stop on the PowerShares Series tour were Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, and Jim Courier.
In the semifinals, McEnroe faced off against current series leader Jim Courier in a tight match. McEnroe broke Courier’s serve early on and then survived a close back and forth battle before prevailing 6-4. It was McEnroe’s first win over Courier in six matches during the 2012 series.
Agassi took on Chang in the second semi that proved to be a surprise for all those on hand. Both men pushed each other in the close set the ended up in a tiebreak. Though Agassi fought off three match points against him in the breaker, the fourth one proved too much as Chang prevailed 7-6 (7).
The loss for Agassi meant he was eliminated from winning the year-end points battle but he is still eligble for the season-ending bonus pool depending on his results at the next event.
Chang, playing in his first finals of the series, met McEnroe in the evening’s final showdown. Chang pushed McEnroe to the brink during their pro-set, but it was McEnroe who rallied after being down 5-6. McEnroe won the last three games to close out the set and the title 8-6.
“I had some great crowd support tonight, and that really fired me up,” McEnroe said later. “The ball bounces a little differently here in Denver’s thin air, but it’s really big for me to get this win. I’ll be pretty pumped to play again tomorrow night, with the whole season on the line.”
Players compete for points throughout the series with a $1 million dollars of bonus pool money up for grabs for those that finish in the top three at the end of the season.
UPDATED 2012 POWERSHARES SERIES RANKINGS
1. Courier 1500
2. McEnroe 1400
3. Sampras 1100
4. Agassi 1000
5. Rafter 800
6. Chang 600
7. Lendl 400
8. Martin 200
With his win in Denver, McEnroe is now within 100 points of current series leader Jim Courier. Both men will compete in the final event of the series at the Acura Champions Cup at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on November 30th. McEnroe must win Anaheim in order to finish the year on top of the PowerShares Series standings.
For more information about the tour, visit http://www.powersharesseries.com
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