Top Seeds Lindstedt-Damm Triumph In Zagreb
by ATP Staff|
Top seeds Robert Lindstedt and Martin Damm (pictured) continued their hot early-season form by winning their second ATP World Tour title at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors. The Swedish-Czech duo defeated fourth seeds Christopher Kas and Rogier Wassen 6-4, 6-3 in the final at the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in Zagreb.
Damm and Lindstedt teamed up together to start 2009 at the Brisbane International, where they reached the quarter-finals, before following up with their first ATP World Tour title at Auckland (d. Lipsky-Paes). They suffered a second round loss at the Australian Open to Mardy Fish and John Isner, but bounced back this week by dropping only one set en route to the title.
"It’s just the beginning of February and we already have two titles so it’s a great boost for us and we just hope to continue playing like this," said Damm. "Obviously, the title is great, but what I am happier about is the way we have played and the way we have glued so far because it doesn’t always work so well when you have a new partner."
In Sunday’s final, one break was enough for Damm and Lindstedt to secure the first set after 36 minutes and they were quick to build on their momentum by immediately breaking at the start of the second set. One more break of serve – their third from nine opportunities – sufficed for them to close out the victory after 73 minutes. The duo, who only faced one break point, performed well on serve – firing eight aces and winning 77 per cent of points.
"I think it was our best match of the week by far, we were both playing really well – serving and returning well, so obviously that was key," said Lindstedt. "It’s indoors so it’s very quick, when you serve well and return well the balls go your way normally."
The 36-year-old Damm has now amassed 39 ATP World Tour doubles titles, highlighted by the 2006 US Open championship (w/Paes). The Monte-Carlo resident has won at least one ATP World Tour doubles title each year since 1993. It is the fifth ATP World Tour title for the 31-year-old Lindstedt, who also triumphed at Mumbai (w/Nieminen) and Tokyo (w/Kerr) in 2007 and Washington (w/Gicquel) in 2008.
The loss marks the second straight season that German Kas and Wassen of The Netherlands have finished runner-up in Zagreb, having fallen short to Paul Hanley and Jordan Kerr last year. The 28-year-old Kas was bidding for his second ATP World Tour doubles title, while the 32-year-old Wassen was chasing his fifth title.
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).