PORTUGAL OPEN 2013
Gonzalez/Lipsky Win First Trophy As Fathers
by James Buddell|
Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky maintained their unbeaten record in ATP World Tour finals on Sunday. It was also their first trophy as fathers.
Gonzalez and Lipsky improving to 4-0 in title matches after a hard-fought 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 win in 89 minutes over top seeds and defending champions Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer at the Portugal Open.
The new champions earned €22,500 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points. Gonzalez improves to a 7-2 record in doubles finals, while Lipsky is now 9-7 overall. Lipsky captured the 2009 Oeiras title with Eric Butorac.
“We played well and enjoyed playing the bigger matches,” said Lipsky. “We were almost down match point in our first-round match [against Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling], so we got lucky.”
Gonzalez said, “We have known each other for 10 years since a Challenger in Barcelona. Years later, we decided to play together. We are playing well and this is our fourth title.”
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Rojer was broken to 30 in the third game and Gonzalez survived a deciding deuce point in the next game. At 2-5, Qureshi led 30-0 but double faulted twice and was subsequently broken.
Gonzalez was broken in the third game of the second set as a fired up Rojer was quick to exploit the short ball, hitting a backhand to Lipsky’s feet on the deciding deuce point.
The momentum shifted, but at 4-2 Qureshi was forced to return to his chair. After he received medical attention, Qureshi and Rojer cruised through the set for their fourth Match tie-break of the tournament. Qureshi held to love at 5-3, finishing with an ace.
After the first point of the Match tie-break, Qureshi was sick in a corner of the court. After a brief pause for further medical attention, Qureshi lost both his serves to trail 0-3. Gonzalez and Lipsky extended their lead to 5-1, before Qureshi and Rojer won the next four points.
Qureshi double-faulted for a fourth time in the match at 5-5. It signaled another turning point as Gonzalez and Lipsky won five of the next seven points. Gonzalez finished the match with a forehand volley. The team improved to an 11-9 match record this year.
Qureshi dropped to an 8-10 record in tour-level finals, while Rojer is now 8-11 lifetime in title matches. Rojer also won the 2011 Oeiras title with Butorac.
Qureshi and Rojer dropped to a 14-9 record on the season, highlighted by their biggest career title at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami (d. Fyrstenberg-Matkowski) on 30 March. They were also finalists at the Open 13 in Marseille (l. to Bopanna-Fleming).