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Hutchins, Huss Win First Team Title

Beijing, China

Ross Hutchins, Stephen Huss© Getty ImagesRoss Hutchins, Stephen Huss

At the China Open in Beijing, Great Britain’s Ross Hutchins and Australian Stephen Huss captured their first team ATP title after defeating No. 3 seeds Ashley Fisher and Bobby Reynolds 7-5, 6-4.

For the 32-year-old Huss, it is his third ATP title and his first since winning Wimbledon in 2005 with Wesley Moodie (d. Bryan-Bryan). He now improves to a 3-3 record in ATP finals.

“It went fantastically for us, Ross and I played really well,” said the Melbourne resident. “We’ve played solid all week and haven’t done anything wrong. We really played to the top of our level and that’s been good enough this week to win. It was awesome. It’s very satisfying (to win another ATP title), it’s been a long time since I won one at ATP level so that gives me confidence going forward and I hope there’s more round the corner.”

The 23-year-old Hutchins was contesting just his second ATP final and has now won his maiden title after finishing runner-up with Joshua Goodall at 2007 Nottingham (l. to Butorac/J. Murray). Playing with Eric Butorac, he was a semifinalist in Beijing last season (l. to Haggard-Lu).

“It feels unbelievable,” said the Wimbledon resident. “I’ve only been on tour a couple of years and it’s just a great feeling to finally come through. It’s my second final and I made the semifinals here last year so it’s great to go two better. I came late due to Davis Cup, which didn’t go as well, but it’s been a brilliant week. We played four very good matches, combined very well, haven’t dropped a set, only one tie-break, so just played some amazing stuff. Credit to him (Huss) and myself, he played great.”

Ranked No. 72 and No. 86 in the Stanford ATP Doubles Rankings respectively, Huss and Hutchins first joined forces for an opening round exit in Valencia (l. to Kas-Wassen) and their best result had been a third round loss at Roland Garros (l. to Kunitshy-Tursunov). They now improve to a 7-6 record.

The Australian-American pairing of Fisher and Reynolds were chasing their first team title in just their third outing together. Fisher, who celebrated his 33rd birthday on Thursday, was bidding for his second title of the season after winning Indianapolis with Tripp Phillips. The 26-year-old Reynolds was contesting his first final since capturing his lone title at 2006 Indianapolis (w/ Roddick).


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