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Old 04-27-2007, 02:15 PM   #6
Moose Malloy
Join Date: Dec 2005
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He's doing allright on the senior tour, has recent wins over McEnroe & Muster.

April 19th, 2007

A point-penalty against John McEnroe at 6-6 in the second set Tie-break sent the American to a 6-4, 7-6(9) opening group match defeat against Carl-Uwe Steeb in Barcelona.

McEnroe struggled to find his rhythm throughout a thrilling encounter on the clay at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona 1899, but when he led 5-2 in the second set Tie-Break, he seemed set to level at one set all.

But, Steeb kept battling, and he saved a first set point at 4-6 with a stunning backhand drop-volley off a seemingly unplayable McEnroe passing shot.

Rattled, McEnroe double-faulted on his second set point, and such was his frustration, the American threw his racquet the full length of the court.

The umpire, who had already warned McEnroe, then issued him with a point-penalty – a rare occurrence on the BlackRock Tour of Champions.

The warning seemed to inspire McEnroe to even greater efforts, and he saved three match points before eventually succumbing on the fourth to a brilliant Steeb lob.

McEnroe felt harshly-treated by the umpire to receive a point-penalty at such a pivotal moment of the match, but Steeb believed the right decision had been made.

“From the beginning John was tense, and I knew that if something went wrong he would freak out and that would be my chance,” said Steeb.

“He deserved the point-penalty. It was bad timing but the umpire couldn’t do anything else.”

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