SA Tennis Open
First-Time Pair Cerretani, Norman Seal Trophy
Johannesburg, South Africa
by ATP Staff|
American James Cerretani and Dick Norman of Belgium won their first ATP World Tour title together on Sunday at the SA Tennis Open after saving two match points to defeat fourth seeds Rik de Voest and Ashley Fisher 6-7(7), 6-2, 14-12 in the final of the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament at the Montecasino in northern Johannesburg.
Making their debut appearance on the ATP World Tour, Cerretani and Norman saved match points when trailing 8-9 and 10-11 in the match tie-break before clinching victory on their third opportunity after one hour and 51 minutes. The American-Belgian duo fired 10 aces and broke serve twice from six opportunities.
The victory saw the 27-year-old Cerretani, currently No. 51 in the ATP Doubles Rankings, capture his second ATP World Tour doubles title. The Reading, Massachusetts native reached his first ATP World Tour final with Todd Perry at Casablanca (l. to Montanes-Ventura) in May 2008 before winning his first ATP World Tour trophy two months later with Victor Hanescu (d. Arnold Ker-O. Rochus) at Kitzbuhel.
Norman, who will celebrate his 38th birthday on March 1, also won his second ATP World Tour title from his third final appearance. The left-hander finished runner-up with Fernon Wibier at 1995 Beijing (l. to Ho-Lareau) but had to wait 12 years before he captured his first ATP World Tour title at 2007 Chennai with compatriot Xavier Malisse (d. Nadal-Salva-Vidal).
South African de Voest and Fisher of Australia were contesting their second ATP World Tour final together and slip to a 1-1 record after triumphing at Beijing (d. Haggard-Lu) in September 2007. Pretoria resident de Voest was chasing his second ATP World Tour title, while the 33-year-old Fisher was appearing in his eighth final (4-4 record) and was hoping to win his first title since 2008 Indianapolis (w/ Phillips).