ATP WORLD TOUR 2012 - WEEK 18
Cermak/Polasek Triumph In Munich; Erlich/Ram Lift Belgrade Trophy
by ATP Staff|
"The conditions were very tough. It was raining since the first point until the last one," Polasek told ATPWorldTour.com. "We were laughing because last year, we won the Belgrade tournament the same week and it was exactly the same conditions. We won it as well. There were a lot of similarities, so we were very happy to finish it in two sets."
The Czech/Slovak duo won 78 per cent of their first serve points and converted three of their eight break point opportunities against the Belgians to claim victory in 77 minutes.
"I feel good. It's an unbelievable feeling," Cermak said. "This is the first tournament I won since my daughter was born, so I'm very happy."
Cermak and Polasek improved to a 4-4 final record, winning their first title since triumphing in Moscow last year.
"We lost a couple first rounds recently, so we're happy we made a strong result here," said Polasek. "We're looking forward to the next two Masters 1000 events."
Malisse and Norman were aiming to win their first trophy together since winning the Aircel Chennai Open in 2007. Malisse dropped to 7-3 in title matches while Norman fell to 4-3.
In Belgrade, third seeds Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram rallied past Martin Emmrich and Andreas Siljestrom 4-6, 6-2, 10-6 to win the Serbia Open 2012 crown, their first clay-court success since joining forces in 1998.
"As you grow up, you get more experience on clay. It's not our favourite surface, but I think we're playing top tennis on it," said Erlich. "We're getting better and better. The last two weeks, we've played very good. We still have a few tournaments ahead of us, so maybe it will be our favourite by the end of the year."
Erlich and Ram won all six of their first serve points in the deciding Match Tie-break to clinch their 15th team title in one hour and 32 minutes.
"We're very happy to get our first title of the season," Ram said. "It's our first clay-court title together on clay, so that's a relief to finish a tough week by winning the title. We're climbing slowly and slowly back to the top to where we want to be."
The Israeli pair improved to a 233-154 career match record together, celebrating their first title since finishing in the winners’ circle at the Winston-Salem Open last August.
Emmrich was appearing in his first ATP World Tour final. Siljestrom was bidding to win his first trophy in his second championship match after a runner-up showing on home soil at the SkiStar Swedish Open with the now-retired Simon Aspelin in 2011.