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Roger-Vasselin/Sijsling Claim First Title In Atlanta

Atlanta, U.S.A.

Sijsling, Roger-Vasselin© BB&T Atlanta OpenIgor Sijsling & Edouard Roger-Vasselin win the Atlanta title.

One week after a runner-up finish in Bogota, fourth seeds Edouard Roger-Vasselin and  Igor Sijsling claimed the title at the BB&T Atlanta Open with a 7-6(6), 6-3 win over third-seeded Brits Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray.

“We played a great match today again,” said Roger-Vasselin. “We played two weeks in a row so now we know each other quite well. We’re very happy because we lost in the final last week and now we got the title.”

Roger-Vasselin and Sijsling made their partnership debut in March at the Dallas Challenger, and teamed together in tour-level action for the first time last week at the inaugural Claro Open Colombia, where they lost to Purav Raja and Divij Sharan in two tie-break sets.

In the Atlanta final, the French-Dutch duo capitalised on two of their eight break point chances and won 86 per cent of their first serve points for the one hour, 10 minute victory.

“I think we were returning very well,” said Sijsling. “We had easier service games than they did. We had close games in their service games and that put a lot of pressure on them.”

Sijsling won his first doubles title after losses in his first three finals, including this year at the Australian Open (w/Haase), while Roger-Vasselin improved to a 5-1 mark in finals. The Frenchman was contesting his third doubles final in as many weeks, and won the grass-court title in Newport with Nicolas Mahut two Sundays ago.

“I have good partners,” he said with a laugh, explaining his success. “I try to play a lot from last year. I had good results with Nicolas Mahut. My game is good for doubles as well so hopefully I can play again a lot of doubles and win many titles.”

Fleming and Marray, finalists last month in Eastbourne, were playing in their second ATP World Tour final together.

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