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Ebden/Harrison Victorious In Atlanta

Doubles 2012

Ebden, Harrison© Getty ImagesMatthew Ebden and Ryan Harrison captured their second team title on Sunday.

Matthew Ebden and Ryan Harrison lifted their second team trophy on Sunday, topping Xavier Malisse and Michael Russell 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 in the BB&T Atlanta Open final at Atlantic Station.

After splitting sets, the Australian/American duo won seven of their eight service points in the deciding Match Tie-break to defeat Malisse and Russell in 84 minutes.

“The way we play, we always try to push forward and play aggressive. That’s the way both of us are comfortable playing. It comes down to execution for us,” Harrison said.

“It doesn’t matter if its singles, doubles, triples or whatever it is. If you win titles, you can always build off of it, so we’re really fired up.”

With the victory, Ebden successfully defended the crown, having triumphed last year with Alex Bogomolov Jr.. He and Harrison add to the title they won on their team debut at the Campbell’s Hall Of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport last year. They have a 12-3 record together.

“We had a few chances in the second set and felt like we weren’t playing our best tennis. We were pretty confident if we lifted our level a little, we’d come through,” said Ebden.

“We’re very good friends. I think it helps on the court. It’s great to find someone you really enjoy playing with. You get a lot out of it. Not just the wins, but you get improvements in your game.”

Malisse was aiming to win his second title of the year after capturing the SAP Open crown in San Jose with Mark Knowles. He dropped to a 7-4 final record. Russell was contesting his first career ATP World Tour final, singles or doubles.

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