DOUBLES NEWS 2011
Cermak-Polasek Win Third Team Title In Gstaad
ATP World Tour 2011 Season: Week 30
by ATP Staff|
Top seeds Frantisek Cermak and Filip Polasek won their second ATP World Tour team title on Sunday in Gstaad as they defeated second seeds Christopher Kas and Alexander Peya 6-3, 7-6(7) in the final of the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad.
The Czech-Slovak duo won their first title on their team debut in Belgrade (d. Marach-Peya) in May and finished runners-up in Hamburg (l. to Marach-Peya) last week. They are currently No. 19 in the 2011 ATP Doubles Team Rankings and earned a further 250 ATP World Tour ranking points with victory at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament.
In a tight match, Cermak and Polasek clinched one of their two break point chances to take the first set, and saved five break points throughout before claiming the second set on a tie-break to seal victory in 82 minutes.
"After we passed the first round we started to play better and better and we showed we got confidence recently from playing well," said Polasek. "We started the final well, broke them early for 3-0 and held it for the first set. The second set was quite difficult as the conditions were pretty windy. Everybody was a bit nervous at the end and I am just happy we won it."
Victory completed a hat-trick of titles for Cermak in Gstaad, where he had previously won the title in 2005 (w/ Friedl) and 2007 (w/ Vizner). The 34 year old improved to a 25-17 record in ATP World Tour finals.
The 26-year-old Polasek is also a multiple winner in Gstaad now, having featured in the final for the third time in three appearances. He and Jaroslav Levinsky won the title in 2008 and were runners-up in 2009.
Germany’s Kas and Peya of Austria were contesting their second ATP World Tour final of the season; they also finished runners-up in Delray Beach (l. to Lipsky-Ram) in February. The Wimbledon semi-finalists had not lost a set en route to the final in Gstaad.