TEAM USA RECLAIMS DELRAY BEACH CUP FROM INTERNATIONALS

TEAM USA RECLAIMS DELRAY BEACH CUP FROM INTERNATIONALS

TEAM USA RECLAIMS DELRAY BEACH CUP FROM INTERNATIONALS

Fish and Blake Bring Firepower In 6-3 Win

By STEVE DORSEY

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Delray Beach, Fla. – James Blake and Mardy Fish carried a short-handed Team USA to an impressive victory Sunday when both Americans won their respective matches to complete a 6-3 win against Team International in the ATP Champions Tour event that was a prelude to the ATP World Tour’s Delray Beach Open that begins Monday.

Blake’s 6-3, 7-5 win against Emilio Sanchez clinched the Delray Beach Cup title for the Americans, and Fish put the finishing touches on the victory with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Wayne Ferreira in the final match of the three-day round-robin tournament at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center.

The third player for Team USA, Aaron Krickstein, had to withdraw with a leg injury after losing his first match Friday night. Blake and Fish, however, each won their three matches to overcome the loss of Krickstein.

Fish, the 2009 Delray Beach Open champion who retired from the ATP World Tour last year, said the biggest joy he had participating in the event this weekend went beyond winning.

“The best part about it was being able to cross over generations and being able to be on the court with guys from another era,” Fish said. “Emilio Sanchez is 16 years older than me, but I certainly remember watching him on TV, and he was an awesome player when he played. So it’s fun to share the court with those guys. I think that’s sort of the reason these things exist. When Emilio was in his prime he would certainly beat me on any day and was probably a better player than I was.”

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