The 2014 edition of the Statoil Masters Tennis ended with the crowning of a new champion, as Fernando Gonzalez defeated Andy Roddick in three sets to win the title in London.
The Chilean, who was taking part in his first ever ATP Champions Tour competition, looked fantastic in his Sunday encounter with the American Grand Slam winner and was able to close out the match 6-4, 2-6, 10-4 to the delight of the crowd at the Royal Albert Hall.
“This is great to win this tournament,” he said. “This week has been amazing and I enjoyed this match against Andy a lot. It was very tough, we had very long points, and my body will feel bad tomorrow!”
“This is so fun because after you retire you never think you are going to be back on a court like this. I have enjoyed it really a lot,” he said.
Roddick, however, made no excuses regarding his surprising loss to Gonzalez.
“Fernando played great today,” he said. “I kinda knew I would be in trouble if I had to play him because he’s still so good. But it was fun, I think the crowd enjoyed it and I certainly enjoyed my week here. I don’t know if you can ever prepare yourself for a venue like this. It’s one thing seeing it in the pictures, where it is impressive in its own right. But then to play it and experience it was a real treat for me.”
The American recently got honored with an honorary membership at the All England Club at SW19 earlier this week as well.