ATP World Tour Doubles 2011 - Week 40
Murray Completes Tokyo Double
by ATP Staff|
Andy Murray became the first player this year to win the singles and doubles titles at an ATP World Tour event when he and brother, Jamie Murray, defeated fourth seeds Frantisek Cermak and Filip Polasek 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo.
Earlier in the day the Scot had beaten Rafael Nadal in the singles final. He is the first player in 20 years to win the double in Tokyo since Stefan Edberg in 1991. It is the first time in his career he has reached the singles and doubles finals at the same ATP World Tour event.
"It just obviously makes it a bit extra special playing with your brother," said Andy Murray. "It’s the second time we’ve won and he played great. After the tough singles match earlier where there were a lot of long points, I’m glad he managed to help me out by playing really well because it would have been tough otherwise."
The Murrays clinched their second ATP World Tour doubles title together, having also triumphed at the 2010 Valencia Open 500 (d. Bhupathi-Mirnyi). They reached their first final at the 2006 PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok (l. to Erlich-Ram).
The Murray brothers dominated the 58-minute final in Tokyo and only dropped eight points on serve throughout. They broke serve twice to clinch the first set and broke through once again in the seventh game of the second set.
"We started good and got an early break and gained confidence from that," assessed Jamie Murray. "The second set we had a lot of great chances, didn’t quite get it, and then the game we broke we were 0/40 up, they got back to deuce, and we managed to win it. I felt like we were in control most of the match."
Victory marked two titles in three tournaments for Jamie Murray, who also won the Moselle Open title two weeks ago in Metz with Andre Sa. The 25 year old improved to a 7-4 mark in ATP World Tour doubles finals.
"I had good feelings coming into this week," said Jamie Murray. "It’s always nice to play with Andy; it’s nice to play with your brother and obviously he’s a fantastic player as well so it’s nice to be on the court with him. We played great in all the matches. In the final we probably played our best match and I feel really happy with the way we played."
Cermak and Polasek dropped to a 2-3 finals record together. The Czech-Slovakian duo was also beaten in the final of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2011 last week (l. to Butorac-Rojer). Their two titles came earlier in the year at the Serbia Open 2011 (d. Marach-Peya) and the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad (d. Kas-Peya).