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McEnroe hasn't lost his touch or tongue

SAN JOSE: John McEnroe completed his ATP Tour comeback in familiar winning form, teaming up with Jonas Bjorkman to beat a couple of former Stanford All-Americans 7-6(2), 4-6, 10-7 in the final of the SAP Open here on Sunday.

The match ended with a vintage McEnroe backhand volley up the middle piercing Paul Goldstein and Jim Thomas. He was light on his feet all through the match, smashing overheads, slicing serves and poaching for volleys.

When his volley ended the encounter, the 47-year-old McEnroe's face lit up and he embraced Bjorkman.

A standing ovation from the crowd rained down on them and the crafty lefty, considered by many to be the finest doubles player in Tour history, basked in glory yet again.

``I'm surprised that it went to the final tiebreaker, but the right team won,'' McEnroe said.

``I felt like I had it in me, but I didn't know quite what was going to happen,'' said McEnroe, the oldest player to win an ATP title — singles or doubles — in the last 30 years.

It was McEnroe's 78th career doubles victory, and the first ATP final since winning a doubles tournament in Paris with his brother Patrick in 1992.

Earlier, Andy Murray used a mixture of deft drop shots and backhand winners to upset third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(3) to claim his maiden ATP title.

Amelie Mauresmo won her second Diamond Games title leader Kim Clijsters 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final at Antwerp.

The results: At San Jose (SAP Open): Singles (final): Andy Murray bt Lleyton Hewitt 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(3).

Doubles (final): John McEnroe-Jonas Bjorkman bt Paul Goldstein-Jim Thomas 7-6(2), 4-6, 10-7, tiebreak.

At Antwerp (Diamond Games): Final: Amelie Mauresmo bt Kim Clijsters 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

At Buenos Aires (Copa Telmex): Final: Carlos Moya bt Filippo Volandri 7-6(6), 6-4.

At Marseille (Open 13): Final: Arnaud Clement bt Mario Ancic 6-4, 6-2.

At Memphis (RMK championships): Women Sofia Arvidsson bt Alexandra Stevenson 6-2, 6-4; Martina Sucha bt Tatiana Panova 6-1, 6-0. — Agencies

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