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Marach-Qureshi Victorious In Bangkok

Marach, Qureshi© PTT Thailand OpenOliver Marach and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi won the Bangkok title on their team debut.

Top seeds Oliver Marach and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi capped a dream partnership debut as they triumphed at the PTT Thailand Open with a 7-6(4), 7-6(5) victory over Germans Michael Kohlmann and Alexander Waske on Sunday in Bangkok.

The Austrian-Pakistani duo edged their opponents as they played the big points better, capitalising on early leads in both tie-breaks to close out victory in one hour and 56 minutes at the ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tennis tournament.

The 31-year-old Marach captured his 10th ATP World Tour title and third of the season, adding to victories at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires (w/Mayer) and the bet-at-home Open - German Tennis Championships 2011 in Hamburg (w/Peya).

"Of course I’m very, very happy to win another title, especially with Aisam because he’s a very nice guy," said Marach. "We’d seen their last two matches and they were playing very good. We knew they were serving great and we had to return well. It was two tie-breaks, so very close. But I’m happy that I played very well today; I returned especially very well. I hope we can play together again and win another one."

Qureshi, who will re-unite with his full-time partner Rohan Bopanna as the top seeds in Tokyo next week, won his second title of the year. Together with Bopanna, the 31 year old was also victorious at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle in June.

"Obviously it’s very, very exciting; it’s my third career title," said Qureshi. "I was playing for the first time with Oliver and I’m really happy to be in Thailand and win the title. It’s perfect preparation for the tournaments coming ahead in Japan and Shanghai. Obviously the target at the end of the year is to make the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and I think it’s good preparation; I’m looking forward to playing with Rohan again next week."

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