TOPSHELF OPEN 2013
Mirnyi/Tecau Win Second Team Title
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff|
"It's always rewarding to win a title. We've put in a lot of work off the court," said Mirnyi. "When moments like that come, it's nothing but a joyful feeling. It's nice to get it ahead of our biggest tournament and we're heading to the All England Club to try and produce that match in and match out."
The 35-year-old Mirnyi won his 47th tour-level doubles title, while Tecau won his 15th ATP World Tour title after triumphing in ‘s-Hertogenbosch for the third time in four years. The 28-year-old Romanian partnered Robert Lindstedt to victory in 2010 (d. Dlouhy/Paes) and 2012 (d. Cabal/Tursunov), while also finishing runner-up with the Swede in 2011 (l. to Bracciali/Cermak).
The Belarusian/Romanian pairing joined forces at the beginning of the year and have gone 2-2 in finals. They won their first title at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest (d. Dlouhy/Marach) and finished runners-up at the Apia International Sydney (l. to Bryans) and Delray Beach (l. to Blake/Sock).
Already sixth in the Race To London, Mirnyi and Tecau received a further 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points in their bid to qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan were the first team to clinch their place in the eight-team season finale.
Mirnyi and Tecau saved all five break points they faced to edge Begemann and Emmrich in 74 minutes. They won the title without dropping a set this week and go on to Wimbledon as the No. 7 seeds.
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