SONY OPEN TENNIS 2013
Qureshi/Rojer vs. 'Polish Power' Miami Final Preview
by Greg Sharko|
DOUBLES FINAL – QURESHI-ROJER FACE FYRSTENBERG-MATKOWSKI
• The No. 5 seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Jean-Julien Rojer of The Netherlands square off against the No. 8 seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland.
• The long-time Polish tandem of Frystenberg and Matkowski have a career record of 289-226 (68-65 in ATP Masters 1000 action) and are playing here for the ninth time with a career tournament record of 7-8. Their previous best result was reaching the SF in 2010 (l. to Bhupathi-Mirnyi). They are appearing in their 35th career doubles final as a team, with a 13-21 record in finals. They are seeking their third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 team trophy, having triumphed twice in Madrid 2008 (d. Bhupathi-Knowles) on indoor hard and 2012 (d. Lindstedt-Tecau) on clay. Last year they finished in Top 10 for sixth time in past seven years.
• The 32-year-old left-handed Fyrstenberg recorded his 300th doubles match win on March 25 (w/Matkowski) here in 2R (d. Kubot-Tipsarevic), career doubles record of 302-241. Reached career-high doubles ranking of No. 6 in August of 2012. Wife, Marta (married July 28, 2007 in Warsaw)
• The 32-year-old Matkowski has a career doubles record of 296-242. He went to college at UCLA from 2001-03 before turning pro. Reached career-high doubles ranking of No. 7 in July of 2012. Wife, Katarzyna (married July 14, 2012); daughter, Maja (born December 15, 2011
• Qureshi and Rojer are partnering for the second year in row and come in with a 9-6 (43-31 career) mark highlighted by reaching the finals at Marseille (l. to Bopanna-Fleming) dropped to 2-2 in finals. Last year they went 34-25 highlighted by capturing titles at Halle (d. Huey-Lipsky) and Estoril (d. Knowle-Marrero). They were finalists at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (l. to Bhupathi-Bopanna) and reached the SFs of Roland Garros and the US Open losing to Bob and Mike Bryan both times and finished No. 7 in ATP Doubles Team Rankings. They are playing here for the second time with a 5-1 mark. Last year they reached the 2R lost to Bracciali-Cabal.
• The No. 2 seeds Qureshi-Rojer advanced to the final on Thursday after beating the No. 2 seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 63 62. They broke serve four times to advance past the Spaniards in just over an hour. “Since the beginning of the year, Jules and I have been putting in the hard yards each week. Other than Marseille, we have not both played well at the same moments. We were both up and down a bit. However, we knew that if we kept doing the right things regardless of the results, our time would come,” said Qureshi. “We managed to dodge a few bullets this week in the first two rounds. And then against Marcel and Marc, we knew that we would have to come out and execute as they are the number two team in the world for a reason. They are a great team. Now we need to back up that win with a good performance in the finals.”
• The 33-year-old Qureshi is appearing in his 17th career doubles final and his third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final. Has a 7-9 (1-1 in ATP Masters 1000) record in finals and won his lone ATP Masters 1000 title in 2011 w/Bopanna at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris (d. Benneteau-Mahut). Reached career-high doubles ranking of No. 8 in June of 2011. He is the recipient of many awards including the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of The Year Award for 2002 and 2010.
• The 31-year old Rojer is appearing in his 18th career doubles final and his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final and has a 7-10 (0-1) record in finals. He reached career-high doubles ranking of No. 13 in November of 2012. The Curacao native left his homeland at 13 and moved to Miami where he used to practice at Crandon Park. He went to high school in Miami and attended UCLA from 1999-2002. He was a four-time NCAA All-American in singles and doubles.
WHAT’S AT STAKE –
Winner: $ 235,640 and 1000 Emirates ATP Ranking points
Runner-up: $115,000 and 600 Emirates ATP Ranking points