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Butorac/Klaasen Topple Bryans For Memphis Crown

Memphis, U.S.A.

Butorac, Klaasen© Alex SmithEric Butorac and Raven Klaasen defeated Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan for the second time in 2014 to claim the Memphis title.

Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen registered their second victory of the year over top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan to claim the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships title on Sunday.

The American-South African duo fired eight aces and saved both break points faced to emerge with a 6-4, 6-4 win in 65 minutes in Memphis.

“It feels really good,” said Klaasen. “This is my first time in Memphis and playing in front of that crowd in the final was exciting for us. These guys have a great record everywhere you go. We got off to a great start in the match and were fortunate to keep it going for the entire match.”

Butorac and Klaasen had stunned the Bryans less than a month ago, also in straight sets, en route to the Australian Open final. The No. 2 seeds did not relinquish a set all week, capturing their second title in their third final together. They previously defeated Pablo Cuevas and Horacio Zeballos in Kuala Lumpur in 2013.

“I feel that whenever you repeat a performance at that level it helps with your self-confidence and belief, and I think winning in Australia opened our minds to the possibility and this one definitely feels good,” added Klaasen.

Butorac’s thoughts reflected those of his partner. “To get a win over the Bryans solidifies what we did in Australia and we’re on the right path to being one of the top teams in the world. We need to keep improving and getting better.”

For Butorac, it was the American’s 15th title on the ATP World Tour and second in Memphis, having won with Jamie Murray in 2007. Klaasen brings home his fourth trophy and third on indoor hard.

The Bryan brothers, meanwhile, were bidding for their fourth Memphis crown (2001, ‘04, ‘13), 94th overall and first of their 2014 campaign.

Butorac and Klaasen earned 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points and $31,320, while the American tandem collected 150 points and $16,460.

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