ATP WORLD TOUR 2012 - WEEK 8
Nestor/Mirnyi Retain Memphis Title; Mahut/Roger-Vasselin Capture Marseille Crown
by ATP Staff|
Top seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor successfully defended their title at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships as they overcame the first-time pairing of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 4-6, 7-5, 10-7 on Sunday in Memphis.
Mirnyi and Nestor saved all three break points faced on serve in the second set and capitalised on their one opportunity, forcing Dodig and Melo to lose a set for the first time this week. They clinched the victory on serve in the Match Tie-break, prevailing after one hour and 24 minutes. "We played a great match today," said Nestor. "I thought our opponents played very well and put a lot of pressure on us. The best thing we did was hang in there, taking advantage of the few opportunities when we had the chance."
The Belarusian-Canadian duo is undefeated in Memphis, having won the ATP World Tour 500 title on its tournament debut last year with victory over Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer. "Any time you defend a title, it's great," Mirnyi said. "To win in Memphis is special to me, because this was my first ATP event when I turned pro, so it's always a great feeling coming back and doing well here."
Nestor has now captured 77 tour-level doubles titles, with four of those coming in Memphis, while Mirnyi has won 43. They have a 6-3 record together in finals, also titling earlier this year in Brisbane. "There's so many things we can improve on as a team and as individuals, leading up to the big tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami. Hopefully we can keep up our form and play good tennis," said Mirnyi.
Having wasted five break point opportunities in the first set, Mahut and Roger-Vasselin converted the only break of serve in the second set, and won 50 per cent of their return points in the Match Tie-break to claim victory in 83 minutes. "For us it always feels like playing at home here in Marseille. I've been playing this event for 10 years now," Mahut said. "We had a great week and I'm very proud of this title. The atmosphere was great during the whole week. Even when playing on court 1, we got great crowds."
The Frenchmen are the first team to capture two ATP World Tour titles this year, having also triumphed on home soil at the Open Sud de France (d. Hanley-Murray) in Montpellier earlier this month. Mahut moved to a 5-4 final record, while both of Roger-Vasselin's final appearances have come in 2012. "We are planning to play more events together this year," said Mahut. "The next one will be the challenger in Guadeloupe. I'll also play a few events with Julien Benneteau."
Tsonga was bidding to win his fifth doubles title, whereas Brown was bidding for his second crown.
At the Copa Claro, the unseeded Spanish duo of David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco clinched the ATP World Tour 250 clay court title with a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 2 seeds Michal Mertinak and Andre Sa with one break of serve in each set. "It is always important to win a title in this sport," said Verdasco. "It was about time to win a second doubles title after eight years. I am very happy that we have been able to win this week, especially with David, who is one of my best friends on tour."
Marrero and Verdasco had gone winless in their two previous tournaments together before breaking through to win the Buenos Aires title. Marrero improved to a 3-4 record in finals, and Verdasco to a 2-2 mark. "We have a lot of friends here. The truth is that playing here is like playing at home," Marrero said. "We are very comfortable and calm and this gives us an advantage."
Mertinak and Sa finished as runners-up for a second straight Golden Swing tournament. They narrowly lost to Butorac and Bruno Soares at the Brasil Open 2012 last week.