BET-AT-HOME OPEN - GERMAN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
'Polish Power' Reach Hamburg Final; Indian Team Win First Title in Bogota
by ATP Staff|
‘Polish Power’ Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski reached their 36th team final on Saturday as they edged Lukas Dlouhy and Martin Klizan 7-5, 4-6, 10-7 in the semi-finals of the bet-at-home Open - German Tennis Championships in Hamburg.
Fyrstenberg and Matkowski, who were runners-up earlier in the year at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami (l. to Qureshi/Rojer), are bidding to win their 14th team title (13-22 finals record).
In Sunday’s final, they will face second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, who were given a walkover in their semi-final on Friday when the team of David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco was forced to withdraw.
In Bogota, fourth seeds Purav Raja and Divij Sharan claimed their first ATP World Tour doubles title at the Claro Open Colombia. The Indian team toppled second seeds Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Igor Sijsling 7-6(4), 7-6(3).
"We’ve been working hard. The key was to stick together, know that we are behind each other and give it our best," said Sharan, adding that the pair would add other tournaments held in high altitude to their schedule.
"The key was to play freely, and we were just enjoying every moment of it. There were tough times, there were good times, but because we enjoyed every moment, the success is sweeter," said Raja.
The result headlines a strong season for the duo, who qualified for their first major at The Championships last month.