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McEnroe thumps Wilander in Legends final

10 December 2012 18:34

American John McEnroe successfully defended his Statoil Masters Tennis Legends title on the ATP Champions Tour on Sunday.

The 48-year-old was a dominant 6-1 6-2 winner against Sweden's Mats Wilander at the Royal Albert Hall in London to clinch his second title of the year.

McEnroe won seven of the 13 clashes between the pair on the ATP Tour and he burst out of the blocks, serving and volleying brilliantly as he claimed the first set in just 25 minutes.

And the seven-time grand slam winner closed out the second comfortably to claim victory.

After the match, McEnroe said he was pleased with the level of his tennis, labelling it a good way to end the year.

"It feels great. This is a good week. Everything went well and I was playing well and played at a high level and this is our Wimbledon, so it's a great way to end the year," he said.

Wilander was gracious in defeat, highlighting McEnroe's aggression as the key factor in victory.

"To start the match against somebody who's as talented as John McEnroe is important and if you get behind early on, it fuels him and he can see your weaknesses and he is one of those players who consistently tries to make his opponent feel as awful as possible," he said.

Also on Sunday, Frenchman Fabrice Santoro won the Masters event for players who have recently retired. The 40-year-old edged local Tim Henman to win 7-5 6-3.

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