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Todor Enev waited six years for this moment, and when it came it was sweet… as in Orange Bowl sweet. At the 54th Ericsson Orange Bowl Championships, Enev won the Boys 18 title despite struggling through the first set with Bruno Soares of Brazil, 7-4, 6-4. The No.1 seed has been playing in the Orange Bowl since he was 13.

“This week I played unbelievable,” said Enev, who made his way through each match of the draw in two sets. “I feel perfect…unbelievable. It couldn’t be any better than this. I gave everything to win this tournament.”

The turning point seemed to come with Enev leading 6-5 in the first set. Soares, serving 15-30, watched Enev hit a long forehand that the Brazilian argued was out. But Enev won the point and the match as Soares hit his next return into the net. Enev went 5-0 in the second set before Soares could win a game.

“After that call, he broke me and I didn’t have it,” said Soares, who, like Enev, also played in the Sunshine Cup last week. “He really deserves it. I didn’t have enough left.”

Orange Bowl Notes: Enev not only won the Eddie Herr Trophy, which is now awarded to the champions in the Boys and Girls 18s division, but also an Ericsson cell phone and a wild card into the Ericsson Open qualifying tournament in March…the match was the last junior tournament for both Enev and Soares—both will be embarking on the pro tour fulltime next year….Enev gave credit to a loud cheering section from Bulgaria as one of the factors for his success. The group was made up of tennis players in town for the Junior Orange Bowl playing in the 14s division.