ATP WORLD TOUR 2012 - WEEK 1
Polasek-Rosol Victorious In Doha Final
by ATP Staff|
The Slovak-Czech pair won 81 per cent of their first serve points, and broke the Germans once in each set to cap off their ATP World Tour debut together in just over an hour. "I feel amazing. The best way you can start a year is by winning the title," Polasek told ATPWorldTour.com. "We played well all week. I didn't expect we could play together like this, so I surprised myself with the high quality tennis we were able to play at the start of the season. I'm so happy we closed it out today in a tough match."
Polasek is now an eight-time titlist, having triumphed at three events in 2011 with Frantisek Cermak, lifting trophies in Belgrade, Gstaad and Moscow. The win gives Rosol his first career ATP World Tour title. "It was a great feeling after the match," said Rosol. "I didn't expect to play doubles here. I thought it would be only singles, but I got in with Filip one minute before the on-site deadline closed, so I'm pretty happy with the result."
Kas, the most experienced player on court, fell to a 3-14 final record, and was looking to win his first title since partnering Viktor Troicki to victory in Bangkok two years ago. Kohlschreiber was bidding to win in Doha for the second time, having captured the crown in 2008 with David Skoch.
The Austrian-German pairing was broken three times, but converted four of eight break point chances to clinch victory in 79 minutes. They are through to the final of the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament for the first time after a semi-final exit on their debut in 2010.
Melzer and Petzschner won their second Grand Slam title together last year at the US Open (d. Fyrstenberg-Matkowski) and finished the season by qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. In the final, they will face either top seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor or third seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau.