ATP World Tour Doubles - Week 42
Butorac-Rojer Claim Second Team Title In Stockholm; Russians Triumph In Moscow
by ATP Staff|
The American-Netherland Antilles duo won their first team title two weeks ago in Tokyo (d. Seppi-Tursunov), having finished runners-up in Los Angeles (l. to Bryans) in their first final together in August.
In an all-unseeded final, Butorac and Rojer broke serve once in each set to seal victory in 64 minutes. They received 250 ATP World Tour Ranking points and shared €29,200 in prize money.
The 29-year-old Butorac won his ninth ATP World Tour doubles title, while Rojer, also 29, improved to a 2-6 record in ATP World Tour doubles finals.
Brunstrom and Nieminen were bidding to win their second ATP World Tour doubles title together, having triumphed in Gstaad (d. Melo-Soares) in July. Sweden’s Brunstrom lost out in the Stockholm final for the second time, having finished runner-up with Michael Ryderstedt in 2008.
Russian wild cards Igor Kunitsyn and Dmitry Tursunov denied Viktor Troicki the chance to win both singles and doubles titles at the Kremlin Cup as they defeated the Serbian and his countryman, Janko Tipsarevic, 7-6(8), 6-3 in the final on Sunday in Moscow.
Kunitsyn and Tursunov did not drop a set all week en route to winning their first ATP World Tour doubles title together, including upsetting third seeds Filip Polasek and Igor Zelenay in the first round and second seeds Jeremy Chardy and Lukas Dlouhy in the semi-finals.
Neither team was able to engineer a break of serve in the first set and, after having squandered a 6-4 lead in the tie-break, Kunitsyn and Tursunov were forced to save a set point at 7-8 before winning the next three points to clinch a one-set lead.
Breaks were exchanged in the early stages of the second set, before Kunitsyn and Tursunov reeled off four straight games from 2-3 to claim victory in 74 minutes.
The Russians were playing together for the first time since Wimbledon in 2009. They reached the final in Nottingham on their team debut in June 2006. The 29-year-old Kunitsyn, who won the Moscow singles title in 2008, won his first ATP World Tour doubles title, while the 27-year-old Tursunov improved to a 5-4 mark in ATP World Tour doubles finals after winning his second Moscow crown (won in 2007 with Marat Safin).
"I am very happy to win a title with Dmitry; it is my fourth career final in doubles and I finally won in Moscow in front of family and friends," said Kunitsyn. "We beat a very tough team today."
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