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Benneteau/Zimonjic Top Fish/Stepanek In Washington Final

Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Zimonjic, Benneteau© Getty ImagesNenad Zimonjic and Julien Benneteau win their second title together.

Julien Benneteau and Nenad Zimonjic captured their team’s second title with a 7-6(5), 7-5 win over the first-time pairing of Mardy Fish and Radek Stepanek at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.

The French-Serbian duo had won the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters this past April on their partnership debut, upsetting Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the final. 

"It feels really great to win such a big tournament," said Zimonjic. "It’s a 500 series, and not just that, it was a really strong field. It didn’t have easy matches here. Very good teams played. To come after a long break, to come this strong and win the tournament without losing a set is really the best way you want to come back to the tour.

"It was a lot of fun for both of us to play. We had a great time here on the court, off the court, and hopefully this will help us for the upcoming three tournaments that we’ll play."

On Sunday, Benneteau and Zimonjic capitalised on their two break point chances while saving six of the seven faced. They rallied from 3-0 down in the second set for the one hour, 29-minute victory.

Zimonjic also won the title on his last visit to Washington in 2011 with another Frenchman, Michael Llodra. The 37 year old was contesting his 80th ATP World Tour doubles final and claimed his 49th title, while the 31-year-old Benneteau won his eighth doubles title from his 13th final.

Benneteau had lost to Fish in the second round in the singles draw and said of playing both disciplines, "It’s not a new thing for me because I always played a lot of doubles. The new thing is that I play with a doubles specialist who plays only doubles. For me the balance is natural."

Fish was playing in his first doubles final since winning the Washington title three years ago with Mark Knowles. The American made his return to the courts last week in Atlanta, after sitting out most of the season due to ongoing heart issues.

Fish and Stepanek both reached the third round in the singles draw.

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