Indianapolis Tennis Championships presented by Lilly
Phillips, Fisher Capture Indianapolis Title
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
The unseeded duo of American Tripp Phillips and Ashley Fisher of Australia captured their second team ATP title with a 3-6, 6-3, 10-5 victory over unseeded Americans Scott Lipsky and David Martin in the final of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships presented by Lilly on Sunday.
Fisher and Phillips combined to win the Tokyo title in 2006 (d. Goldstein/Thomas), the same year that they reached the US Open semifinals together (l. to Bjorkman/Mirnyi). The 32-year-old Fisher now has four career ATP doubles titles, while the 30-year-old Phillips has his second.
Lipsky/Martin came in 16th in the Stanford ATP Doubles Race, and they were were chasing their second title in their third final of 2008. They upset Bob and Mike Bryan in the San Jose final in February and were finalists in Munich in May.
Lipsky and Martin won the opening set by breaking in the second game. They broke to take a 2-1 lead in the second set but were broken in the next game. Fisher and Phillips broke again to take a 5-3 lead and then served out the set. In the match tie-break, Fisher and Phillips broke away from a 4-4 deadlock to win six of the last seven points to secure the 70-minute victory.
“We knew we had to keep fighting and stay positive," said Phillips, who was playing with Fisher for the first time this year. "Once we got our nose ahead, we played great, and then it was full steam ahead at the end. I have a lot of confidence he can step up when it counts, and I think he feels that way about me.”
Fisher added, "Tripp and I have played a lot of great matches. We knew we were capable of winning the tournament. We’ve never lost a final together.”
Fisher/Phillips now receive 175 Stanford ATP Doubles Ranking points and share $25,300 in prize money, while Lipsky/Martin earn 120 points and split $14,900.