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Poles Clinch Second Madrid Crown

Madrid, Spain

Poles© Getty ImagesMarcin Matkowski and Mariusz Fyrstenberg triumphed in Madrid for the second time.

Fourth-seeded Poles Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski triumphed at the Mutua Madrid Open for the second time after beating sixth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 6-3, 6-4 in Sunday’s final. The ‘Polish Power’ carried in their strong serving from the semi-finals, firing 10 aces and winning 87 per cent of points on their first serve as they claimed victory in 74 minutes.

Fyrstenberg and Matkowski added to the Madrid title they won in 2008 with victory over Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles; they were also runners-up at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in 2007 (l. to Bryans).

The Poles captured their second title from three finals this season. Two weeks ago they triumphed on clay in Barcelona (d. Granollers/M. Lopez) and earlier in the year they reached the final in Dubai (l. to Bhupathi/Bopanna). They will now move into fourth place in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race To London, overtaking Lindstedt and Tecau.

"We won Madrid in 2008 and two weeks ago we won Barcelona, so we really love to play in Spain. I don’t know why, maybe because of the food!" joked Fyrstenberg. "We feel very good here."

"[The Madrid victory in] 2008 was the first Masters 1000 title for us, so you always remember this one," added Matkowski. "But it’s been a great tournament. We haven’t won many big tournaments on clay, so this one, for sure, is up there."

Lindstedt and Tecau dropped to a 7-8 record together in finals. After winning the Bucharest title two weeks ago (d. Chardy/Kubot), they were bidding to win their second trophy of the season. They also lost out in the Rotterdam final (l. to Llodra/Zimonjic) in February.

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