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Mirnyi/Tecau Boost London Bid With Beijing Win

Beijing, China

Mirnyi, Tecau© GettyMax Mirnyi and Horia Tecau won their third title of the season.

Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau are expected to move up to ninth in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings after winning their third ATP World Tour team title on Sunday at the China Open in Beijing. Mirnyi and Tecau defeated Italians Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-2.

"Reaching London is one of the main goals at the beginning of the season, that's what makes us go to the practice court and the gym every day," said Tecau. "I'm really happy we're getting close to that. Winning this week helps. We're playing every week from now till the end, so hopefully we can keep up this level that we had this week and reach London."

Mirnyi and Tecau received 500 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings points and split $164,580 in prize money. They are looking to claim one of the five remaining spots at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next month in London.

"It was certainly a good week, considering how the past couple of weeks went," said Mirnyi, referring to four opening-round defeats the duo had endured in their past five tournaments. "Unfortunately, the Grand Slam results weren't something to be proud of this year, but we're happy to have found good form. Playing in China is always a great experience. The tournament does a wonderful job and we're thrilled to win our first tournament in Asia."

The Belarusian/Romanian duo saved eight of the nine break points they faced and broke their opponents four times to claim victory in 68 minutes. They added to the titles they won in Bucharest (d. Dlouhy/Marach) and ‘s-Hertogenbosch (d. Begemann/Emmrich) and have a 3-2 finals record this season.

"You're always a little bit nervous when you play a final," said Mirnyi. "We started a little bit slower than we'd like. But we were happy with the way we stuck together and the way we played our key points. Horia played well the whole week and we look forward to keeping it going in Shanghai."

Tecau, who had finished runner-up in Beijing two years ago with Robert Lindstedt, won his 16th ATP World Tour title. The 36-year-old Mirnyi improved to a 48-41 finals record.

Fognini and Seppi had been winless together (0-4) coming into Beijing, but put together an impressive run to knock out third seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna in the quarter-finals and top seeds Daniel Nestor and Leander Paes in the semi-finals.

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