ATP WORLD TOUR 2012 - WEEK 29
Marrero/Verdasco Capture Fourth Title
by ATP Staff|
Spaniards David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco captured their fourth ATP World Tour title of the season on Sunday as they defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva and Daniel Munoz-De La Nava 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the bet-at-home Open - German Tennis Championships 2012 in Hamburg.
Marrero and Verdasco broke serve five times from seven opportunities as they won 50 per cent of their return points to clinch victory in 74 minutes. They received 500 ATP World Tour ranking points and €63,980 in prize money to boost their bid of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals; coming into the week they were 11th in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race To London.
"I'm very happy, of course," said Verdasco. "It's our second [ATP World Tour] 500 title of the year and it will help us to be close to the Top 8 for the chance to be in London at the end of the year. It's a very important victory for us."
"I'm so happy for this week, last week, for the year," said Marrero, who also won the Hamburg title in 2010 with Marc Lopez. "It's a pleasure to play with Fernando, who plays unbelievable singles and unbelievable doubles. I hope that we can continue like this and can play the Masters in London this year."
The Spanish duo have won all four of their titles on clay, with victories at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires (d. Mertinak/Sa), the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco (d. Granollers/Lopez) and at last week’s ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag (d. Granollers/Lopez).
"I think we played well the whole week, but every one was a tough match," said Verdasco. "We knew that it was going to be a tough final. We are playing very well, with confidence, and I think that was the key to why we won three matches in super tie-breaks before this one. Today we played a little bit more loose and closed out the match earlier."
The 28-year-old Verdasco won his fifth ATP World Tour doubles title from seven finals, while the 32-year-old Marrero lifted his sixth trophy in his 11th final.
The Brazilian/Spanish pairing of Dutra Silva and Munoz-De La Nava were alternates into the draw and were both playing in their first ATP World Tour final.
"I would like to say congratulations to my friends, they played a really good match," said Munoz-De La Nava. "They have played so well this year; they won four titles. For us, this week was very special as alternates. From the beginning we were out, now we are in the final. It's a privilege to be in the final of this big tournament."