ATP World Tour - Week 18
Marach-Ventura Save Five Match Points To Clinch Munich Title
by ATP Staff|
Fourth seeds Oliver Marach and Santiago Ventura capped a dream debut outing by saving five match points in a Match Tie-break to defeat third seeds Eric Butorac and Michael Kohlmann 5-7, 6-3, 16-14 in the final of the BMW Open by FWU RETAKAFUL.
As winners of the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament, Marach and Ventura collected 250 ATP World Tour ranking points and €21,650, while runners-up Butorac and Kohlmann received 150 ranking points and shared €11,360 in prize money.
In a match lasting one hour and 43 minutes, Marach and Ventura squandered a 5-2 lead in the first set as Butorac and Kohlmann hit back to win five straight games and seal a one-set lead. Undeterred, the fourth seeds responded with a service break to love in the second game of the second set and went on to level the match.
In the subsequent Match Tie-break, Butorac and Kohlmann led 9-5 and 13-12 before Marach and Ventura sealed victory on their fifth match point.
“We were just happy at the end because we had been running after the match the whole time," reflected Marach. "In the Match Tie-break it really was unbelievable, we were 0-6 down, they had five match points, and I told my partner ‘Come on, let’s fight every point, anything is possible’. We fought every point and we were actually a little bit lucky in the end, but that’s tennis, one time you win and one time you lose. Today we were the luckier ones; I cannot say we were the better ones.”
The 29-year-old Marach was contesting his fourth ATP World Tour final of the season and first without his regular partner Lukasz Kubot. In a strong period during the Latin American “Golden Swing” on clay in February, the Polish-Austrian duo won titles in Santiago and Acapulco and was runner-up in Costa do Sauipe.
Ventura, 30, won his second title of the season, adding to the trophy he captured in Chennai with Marcel Granollers in January. The Spaniard improved to a 5-2 mark in ATP World Tour doubles finals.
“It’s a very important title for me because I’m playing more Challengers this year," said Ventura. "I lost my ranking in singles but Oli talked me into playing with him here and it was very good playing with him, he’s a very good player and I’m so happy for the victory.”
American Butorac saw his run of seven straight victories in ATP World Tour finals come to an end as he slipped to a 7-2 record. Kohlmann of Germany dropped to a 5-13 mark in ATP World Tour finals.