POWER HORSE CUP 2013
Begemann/Emmrich Triumph On Home Soil
by ATP Staff|
German pairing Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich captured their second ATP World Tour team title on Saturday as they triumphed on home soil at the Power Horse Cup. The unseeded duo defeated third seeds Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot 7-5, 6-2 in the final in Dusseldorf.
"It's my home town; I live 20 minutes from this club. It's a very special moment for us, especially me," said Emmrich. "Winning a title like this in Germany is just awesome.
"It was a really slow start, I was really nervous. We got broken first game. But we came back straight away and then we got confident with the crowd at our back. We played really good tennis and kind of destroyed them in the second set."
Begemann and Emmrich won their first title in October 2012 at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna (d. Knowle/Polasek) and were runners-up at the start of the 2013 season at the Aircel Chennai Open (l. to Paire/Wawrinka).
The 28-year-old Begemann improved to a 2-1 finals record, while Emmrich, also 28, levelled his record at 2-2, having also reached the 2012 Belgrade final with Andreas Siljestrom.
"I'm overwhelmed," said Begemann. "I can't describe my feelings right now, because it's always special to play in front of my Dad and all my family. [This club is] very special, especially winning the title with Martin here."
In the first meeting between the two teams, the Germans converted four of their 10 break point chances and won 81 per cent of points on first serve to claim victory in 68 minutes.
Huey and Inglot dropped to a 1-3 finals record together. Last year they captured the title at the Citi Open in Washington (d. Anderson/Querrey) and reached the finals in Houston (l. to Blake/Querrey) and Basel (l. to Nestor/Zimonjic).