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Goodbye Moya

The journey has not quite ended, but Carlos Moya realises he will leave behind something special. While on his way back to tennis, after a 10-month injury lay-off, Moya again found the Chennai Open and won them over again, reports Deepti Patwardhan.

sports Updated: Jan 04, 2010 22:46 IST
Deepti Patwardhan

The journey has not quite ended, but Carlos Moya realises he will leave behind something special. While on his way back to tennis, after a 10-month injury lay-off, Moya again found the Chennai Open and won them over again. And he got the final word on the court despite losing 3-6, 6-7 (2) to fourth seed Janko Tipsarevic in the first round on Monday.

The Spaniard was felicitated after the match, celebrating his 10-year affair with Chennai.

“You have given me more than I could’ve asked for,” Moya told the crowd. Despite being a break down in the second set, Moya drew level for 4-4. But that’s as far as his still-lethal forehand and strong fanfare could get. Tipsarevic played a solid tiebreaker to win 7-2 and complete victory in 92 minutes.

“It was a great feeling to get back on court,” said Moya. “I told my team not to do the second surgery and it was for the better. I am healed now and am playing again. If I could’ve won this match even better, but I was playing a tough opponent.”

“I hope this is not my last trip here. It’s too early to say whether I will retire this season, but I had some great memories here and it was great to share my two victories with these people,” said the 2004 and 2005 Chennai champion.