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American Duo Triumph At Chennai Open

Chennai, India

Eric Butorac, Rajeev Ram© AFP/Getty ImagesEric Butorac, Rajeev Ram

American team Eric Butorac and Rajeev Ram, playing together at an ATP World Tour tennis tournament for the second time, defeated Swiss pair Jean-Claude Scherrer and Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4 in 68 minutes on Sunday to win the Chennai Open title.

Butorac and Ram, who received a semi-final walkover against Germans Bjorn Phau and Rainer Schuettler (left wrist), dropped 15 games in three completed matches at the hard-court tennis tournament this week.

Playing together for the first time since reaching the Queen’s Club quarterfinals in June 2008, Butorac and Ram hit three aces, won 67 per cent of service points and broke the Swiss team’s serve three times from eight opportunities.

The 27-year-old Butorac improved to 5-1 lifetime in ATP World Tour doubles finals. Since losing his first final at Los Angeles in 2006, the Rochester, MN, resident has won four other ATP World Tour doubles titles (2007-San Jose, Memphis, Nottingham; 2008-Los Angeles).

“It was a fantastic week for us,” said the 24-year-old Ram, who captured his maiden ATP World Tour doubles title. He finished runner-up at 2005 New Haven (w/Reynolds). “The crowd has been giving us a lot of support and we will try to play more events together this year.”

Scherrer and Wawrinka beat top seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 (Match Tie-break) in the quarter-finals this week.

The 23-year-old Wawrinka captured the only doubles title of his career with compatriot Roger Federer at the Olympic Games in Beijing in August 2008.

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