Wayne Ferreira Wins Tennis Master Series in Germany
Nov. 7, 2000
STUTTGART, GERMANY - This has been an exciting Fall for Cal Men's Tennis. Three different players have done something significant on the national level, and now a coach has followed suit.
It started with freshman Balazs Veress reaching the quarterfinals of the National Clay Courts, a collegiate grand slam event. Then sophomore John Paul Fruttero stepped up by getting to the semi-finals of the All American Tournament, the second collegiate grand slam. And last week, senior Adrian Barnes reached the final of the ITA Regional Championships hosted at Cal.
Cal's Volunteer Assistant Coach Wayne Ferreira, obviously inspired by his team's on-court successes, had his best performance in the last five years in Stuttgart, Germany. He knocked off Lleyton Hewitt in a fantastic four-hour final. In the tournament, Coach Ferreira had wins over Thomas Enquist, Mark Philippoussis, Andre Pavel and Sebastian Grosjean on his way to the final.
Stuttgart, Germany (Ticker)
-- Unseeded Wayne Ferreira of South Africa won his first tournament in four years, capturing the $2.95 million Tennis Master Series -- Stuttgart with a five-set victory over No. 8 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia.
Ferreira outlasted Hewitt in a grueling four-hour match, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 to earn a check for $434,000.
'It's just fantastic,' said the 29-year-old Ferreira. 'This will have to go down as probably the best week ever. To finally win a tournament as big as this, in this stage of my career, it's probably the best thing ever. My best matches have always been indoors.'
Hewitt was weakened throughout the week by a virus.
'Of course I'm disappointed, but all credit to Wayne,' said Hewitt. 'He is such a great fighter and a strong competitor. I think match fitness was really the biggest difference. Coming into the last couple of weeks, I really didn't hit a ball, couldn't do a lot of fitness because I had a pretty bad virus. That was sort of the telling factor in the end.'
Ferreira's last tournament title was at the 1996 Tennis Masters Series -- Toronto. His best finish this season was at the Tennis Masters Series event in Canada in August where he lost to eventual champion Marat Safin in the semifinals.
Ferreira has won 14 tournament titles in his career.
Hewitt, who eliminated Olympic gold medalist Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the semifinals, fell short of winning his fifth ATP Tour title, which would have tied him with Safin, Alex Corretja and Magnus Norman.
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