OPEN DE NICE COTE D'AZUR 2011
Butorac-Rojer Capture Second Title Of Season
by ATP Staff|
Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer claimed their second ATP World Tour team title of the season on Saturday as they defeated Santiago Gonzalez and David Marrero 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur.
Butorac and Rojer, currently sixth in the 2011 ATP Doubles Team Rankings, earned 250 ranking points and shared €22,000 in prize money. The Top 8 teams at the end of the regular season will qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London.
"It’s been great preparation for us for the French Open," said Butorac. "It’s our second title on the clay leading up to Roland Garros, so we’re feeling very confident moving into next week. I used to live in Nice a few years ago so to come back here and spend a week and then also win the tournament, it was extra special."
The second seeds won the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court title in Nice without the loss of a set, and broke serve four times from six opportunities as they claimed victory over Gonzalez and Marrero in 72 minutes. They were also victorious at the Estoril Open (d. M. Lopez-Marrero) three weeks ago and improved to a 4-2 record in ATP World Tour finals together.
"It’s good how focused Eric and I have been on trying to take one point at a time and just try to play our best tennis every day," reflected Rojer. "It’s been a great week and it’s great with the French Open coming up."
Gonzalez and Marrero were contesting their first ATP World Tour doubles final together after ousting top seeds and defending champions Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in the semi-finals. Both the 28-year-old Gonzalez and the 31-year-old Marrero dropped to a 2-2 record in finals.