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Germans Complete Halle Clean Sweep; Moodie-Youzhny Triumph On Debut Outing

Christopher Kas, Philipp Kohlschreiber© Gerry Weber OpenChristopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber

Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber completed a German clean sweep at the Gerry Weber Open with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over wild cards Andreas Beck and Marco Chiudinelli on Sunday in the final of the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in Halle. Earlier, German wild card Tommy Haas triumphed over Novak Djokovic in the singles final.

The German team was strong on serve, winning 75 per cent of the points and saving all three break points it faced. The duo also converted three of 10 break point opportunities it created to seal victory after one hour. They had defeated fourth seeds Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peya in the first round earlier this week.

“We played good doubles the whole week,” said Kohlschreiber. “We fought our way through. It was fun. You could see that we played well together at the end of the week. When you make it to the finals you also want to win the title. Tommy (Haas) played a great singles final and we a good doubles final. So, we are both happy.”

Kas and Kohlschreiber clinched their second career ATP World Tour title in their first final appearance together of the season. The Germans won their maiden title on their partnership debut at Stuttgart in 2008 (d. Berrer-Zverev) and were also runners-up at Basel (l. to Bhupathi-Knowles) later that year.

Kas, who celebrated his 29th birthday on Saturday, improved to a 2-7 mark in ATP World Tour finals; he finished runner-up at Zagreb (w/Wassen) in his only other final this season. The 25-year-old Kohlschreiber clinched his sixth ATP World Tour doubles title (6-2 record) and his first of the season.

“It was my birthday yesterday. I already had said before, if I could wish for a title it would be to win the Gerry Weber Open because I train here, live one and a half hours away from here, have friends here. So that's great,” said Kas.

At the AEGON Championships, debut pairing Wesley Moodie and Mikhail Youzhny capped a strong first outing with a 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 victory over sixth-seeded Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Andre Sa in the final of the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament at The Queen’s Club in London.

The South African-Russian duo broke serve in the ninth game and wrapped up the 30-minute first set with a service hold to 30. Melo and Sa hit back in the second set to level the match, breaking serve in the 10th game after Moodie and Youzhny had initially battled back from a 0/40 deficit. In the deciding match tie-break, Moodie and Youzhny established an 8-5 lead before earning three championship points at 9-6. They wrapped up victory at the first opportunity as Sa volleyed wide after 75 minutes of play.

“It's great as it was really a last minute thing to decide to play together,” said Youzhny. “I need to say thank you to Wesley as it was difficult for him after having been in the Roland Garros final. The match could have gone both ways today, it was very close until the end, we played some really good points and I really enjoyed it.

"If our schedules allow, of course we will try to play together again. It may be difficult in the coming weeks but if we can, why not?" added the Russian.

The 26-year-old Youzhny clinched his sixth ATP World Tour doubles title from his ninth final. It was the Muscovite’s first title since clinching two trophies with Mischa Zverev last year at Halle and Tokyo – defeating Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes on both occasions.

Moodie, 30, was contesting his third successive tour-level final after reaching the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid final (w/ Aspelin) before finishing runner-up at Roland Garros with Dick Norman last week. The World No. 12 clinched his first ATP World Tour doubles title since winning at 2008 Estoril with Jeff Coetzee.

“I am very happy, this was the first time we were playing together and it turned out to be great week,” said Moodie. “I really enjoyed playing with Mikhail; he's a great player who does everything extremely well, and I especially was impressed with how good he is at the net. I will for sure want to play with him again if he's up to playing with me."

It is the second straight season that Melo and Sa have finished runner-up at The Queen’s Club, having lost out to Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in the title match last season. They were contesting their third ATP World Tour doubles final of the season after winning the title last month at Kitzbuhel (d. Pavel-Tecau) and finishing runner-up to Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the final at Delray Beach in February.


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