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Norman-Tecau Win Zagreb Title On Team Debut


Norman, Tecau© Sime SokotaDick Norman and Horia Tecau were playing their first tournament together.

Second seeds Dick Norman and Horia Tecau enjoyed instant success in their debut tournament together, winning the title at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over top seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.

The Belgian-Romanian duo earned 250 ATP World Tour ranking points and shared €22,000 in prize money. In a dominant service display in the final, they did not face a break point and dropped only nine points on serve, while breaking serve twice to clinch victory in 70 minutes.

The 39-year-old Norman improved to a 4-2 record in tour-level finals after capturing his first title since ‘s-Hertogenbosch in June 2009. “Well it was a very pleasant experience to play on the same side as Horia for once,” said the left-hander. “I’ve played some spectacular matches against him in the past, including 14-12 in the fifth set at Wimbledon a few years ago. For once it was nice to be on his side!”

Tecau, 26, who was runner-up with Robert Lindstedt in the first week of the season in Brisbane, won his sixth ATP World Tour doubles title. “We played a really good match to win today in the final,” said the right-hander. “It’s the first time I’ve played together with Dick so I’d like to thank him for the week. We played good tennis all tournament, we had fun and enjoyed being in Zagreb. It was a really enjoyable week and I hope to come back next year.”

Spaniards Granollers and Lopez were contesting their first ATP World Tour doubles final together. Both were bidding for their second titles of the season; the 24-year-old Granollers won the Auckland trophy with Tommy Robredo, while the 28-year-old Lopez triumphed in Doha with Rafael Nadal.

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