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Berdych And Hajek Claim Doha Doubles Crown

Doha, Qatar

Berdych, Hajek© ATPTomas Berdych and Jan Hajek won the Doha doubles title.

Czechs Tomas Berdych and Jan Hajek defeated top seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-2, 6-4 on Friday to capture the Qatar ExxonMobil Open doubles title.

Berdych and Hajek split $60,400 in prize money and earn 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points, while Peya and Soares share $31,750 and 150 points.

“We’re going to be first No. 1 in the world at least first couple weeks,” Berdych said, with a laugh. “It was a really great week. I think we both really enjoyed it. I think for us the priority is still the singles, but it’s a great opportunity to win a couple matches, to win the title. Everybody wants to do that, so good start.”

Berdych and Hajek lost just six of their service points in the 31-minute first set, when they saved all four break points they faced. They took a 3-0 lead in the second set and completed victory in 71 minutes.

Berdych lifted his first ATP World Tour team trophy with Dmitry Tursunov at the 2008 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, while Hajek partnered with Jaroslav Levinsky to reach the 2007 Munich final – his lone title match.

“I feel very good. It’s my first title,” said Hajek.” I was in the final once, but we lost. This is something special to stay on court with Tomas because we are very good friends and now we play together. I was looking forward for this week. Now we stay here and we have the title so it’s great for me.”

Peya and Soares, currently No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, won five titles in 2013. They were bidding to capture their ninth team crown.

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