ATP World Tour Doubles
Gulbis/Tursunov Claim Indianapolis Title On Team Debut
by ATP Staff|
Russian Dmitry Tursunov atoned for his early exit in singles action as he teamed up with Latvian Ernests Gulbis to capture the doubles title at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships presented by Lilly with victory over top seeds Ashley Fisher and Jordan Kerr 6-4, 3-6, 11-9 on Sunday. Tursunov and Gulbis were playing together for the first time this week.
"We are obviously happy to win the title at Indianapolis," said Tursunov. "Ernests has a huge serve; he was serving almost two aces per game so I didn’t even have to do too much in the net. I think we were able to make some good returns in the Match Tie-break and this was the key to win the match today."
The 26-year-old Tursunov claimed his fourth doubles title – all of which have come on hard courts – and his second of the season after winning in February at Dubai (w/De Voest). Gulbis, 20, added the Indianapolis title to his maiden ATP World Tour doubles title won on clay in April 2008 at Houston (w/Schuettler).
Gulbis said: "I had a good time playing with Dmitry this week. We had never played doubles together but knew each other from the circuit."
Tursunov said about their future prospects as a team: "We will play Los Angeles together and then we will see."
Tursunov, the No. 1 seed in the singles draw, had been attempting to reach his third straight Indianapolis singles final but had fallen in the quarter-finals to Frank Dancevic. He won the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tennis tournament in 2007 (d. Dancevic) and finished runner-up in ’08 (l. to Simon).
Fisher was attempting to defend the Indianapolis title he won last season with American Tripp Phillips, and has now lost in his past five tour-level finals since that triumph (4-7 final record). Kerr, the 2004 Indianapolis doubles champion (w/Thomas), won his ninth ATP World Tour doubles title two weeks ago with American Rajeev Ram. He falls to a 9-3 record in doubles finals.
Fisher and Kerr were teaming up for the third time this season, and also finished as runners-up in May at the ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament in Munich.