Countrywide Classic, Los Angeles
Bopanna & Butorac Capture First ATP Title Together
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
The first-time pairing of Rohan Bopanna and Eric Butorac capped a successful week by capturing their first ATP title together with a 7-6(5), 7-6(5) victory over Travis Parrott and Dusan Vemic at the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Bopanna collected his first career ATP title in his fifth final appearance. Last month the 28-year-old Indian reached the final in Newport (w/P. Amritraj). Bopanna's other finals came on home soil in Chennai and Mumbai in 2006 and Mumbai last year.
The 27-year-old Butorac, who was appearing in his first ATP final of the year, earned his fourth career ATP title in fifth final. Last year he won won three titles with Jamie Murray, in San Jose, Memphis and Nottingham. He reached his first ATP final in Los Angeles two years ago (w/Murray), falling to the Bryan brothers.
"It was great," said Butorac. "We've never played together before. We started out a little slow and kind of got better with each match. I think we're a pretty good team. We both serve pretty good. I'm left-handed, he's right-handed so there's different looks on the serve. It's a good situation to be in."
Bopanna and Butorac finished with a 77-74 advantage in total points won in the one hour and 45-minute match. Both teams were broken once in the first set. Bopanna and Butorac won both tie-breaks 7-5 to secure the title.
The 27-year-old Parrott was trying to capture his third career ATP doubles title. He won his first ATP title in Los Angeles five years ago (w/Gambill) and won his second title last year in Indianapolis (w/del Potro).
The 32-year-old Vemic, who advanced to a Grand Slam-best semifinal at Roland Garros in June (w/Soares), was appearing in his second career ATP final. He previous final came in Kitzbuhel (w/Calatrava) in 1999.
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