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Begemann/Emmrich Finish Vienna Run With Title

Vienna 2012

Emmrich, Begemann© e|motion/zolles.comMartin Emmrich and Andre Begemann triumphed in Vienna.

Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich won their first ATP World Tour trophy at the Erste Bank Open on Sunday, defeating No. 2 seeds Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 in Vienna.

The Germans won two fewer points than the Austrian/Slovak pair, but surged ahead in the Match Tie-break to prevail in one hour and 33 minutes. Begemann and Emmrich knocked out three seeded pairs en route to the title, beating fourth-seeded countrymen Dustin Brown and Christopher Kas in the first round and ousting top-seeded home favourites Jurgen Melzer and Alexander Peya in the semi-finals.

“This is the big highlight of my career so far and I think it’s the same for Andre,” stated Emmrich. “Winning an ATP World Tour event beating many higher ranked teams as the big outsider feels a bit unreal right now. The trophy shows me that we really did it and it feels great.” 

Begemann was contesting his first ATP World Tour final. He had not won an ATP World Tour-level match in singles or doubles prior to this tournament. Emmrich was appearing in his second final, having finished runner-up at the Serbia Open 2012 with Andreas Siljestrom.

“We have known each other for more than ten years now and are good friends,” said Begemann. “We even lived together a few years ago. We went different ways at some point but got back together this summer when we played club matches. We decided to play together on the tour too. We got off a great start and this title is unbelievable for us.”

Knowle dropped to a 14-18 record in title matches, while Polasek fell to 9-12. The US Open quarter-finalists were playing their first final together.

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