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Gonzalez/Lipsky Win First Trophy As Fathers

Oeiras, Portugal

Lipsky, Gonzalez© Lagos SportsScott Lipsky and Santiago Gonzalez won their first title as fathers on Sunday.

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). 

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