ATP World Tour Doubles 2011 - Week 38
Murray-Sa Lift Metz Trophy On Team Debut
by ATP Staff|
Jamie Murray and Andre Sa won their debut tournament as a team in Metz on Sunday. The Scot-Brazilian team defeated second seeds Lukas Dlouhy and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 7-6(7) in 85 minutes to lift the title at the Moselle Open.
Murray and Sa, who dropped only one set en route to the ATP World Tour 250 tournament title, saved one set point at 6-7 in the second set tie-break, before sealing the match on their second match point opportunity. The duo won 72 per cent of service points.
Murray and Sa split €22,000 in prize money and earned 250 ATP Doubles 2011 Rankings points.
"It was a great week," said Murray. "Really fun. From the first day of practice we have played well."
Sa added, "In doubles, with the points system, it is never easy to put away the match [at 4-1 in the second set]. We fell asleep a bit and they stepped up - Lukas playing some good points. But we put a lot of pressure on our opponents by returning well and net play."
Murray improves to a 6-4 record in doubles finals after lifting his first ATP World Tour title since November 2010 at the Valencia Open 500, with his younger brother Andy Murray. Sa won his first title since May 2009 at the Bet-At-Home Cup Kitzbühel. He is now 7-11 in titles matches.
Dlouhy, a winner of back-to-back ATP World Tour titles at the Brisbane International and Medibank International Sydney (w/Hanley) in January, drops to a 10-13 finals mark. Melo was also attempting to win his third title of the year. He is 9-9 lifetime in finals.