John McEnroe defeated Stefan Edberg of Sweden 6-3, 6-4 Monday night to capture the final of the Michelin Challenge Series.
McEnroe, 29, of Malibu, Calif., collected the top prize of $100,000 following the 91-minute match, while Edberg pocketed $40,000."It's great to be back," said McEnroe, ranked No. 14 in the world. "I feel I'm hitting the ball very well. I felt he didn't serve particularly well tonight and my service return was the difference. If you look back over the match, I was consistent."
McEnroe took the first set with the lone service break in the second game.
Edberg, ranked No. 3 in the world, jumped to a 3-1 lead in the second set by breaking McEnroe in the fourth game. McEnroe, who won his first title of the year by beating Edberg in Tokyo two weeks ago, rallied back.
He used two service breaks while taking five of the next six games for the victory.
Edberg, who had been bothered by pulled abdominal muscles in Tokyo, said that wasn't the trouble tonight.
"I didn't serve too well. I've always had a tough time playing John. It's tough to return his serve," he said.
"Quite frankly, I'm very tired. I've been playing in five continents in five weeks," said Edberg, who has won one title and been a finalist in two others this year.
McEnroe, who has beaten Edberg five of seven times in career play, said he is looking at plan of 18 months to two years to regain the position of top player in men's tennis. The position is now held by Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia.
"It's like climbing a mountain," said McEnroe.