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Tecau Clinches Bucharest Treble With Rojer; Huta Galung/Robert Win In Barcelona

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Tecau, Rojer© Raed KrishnanHoria Tecau celebrates clinching his third straight Bucharest title with Jean-Julien Rojer.

ATPWorldTour.com provides a review of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy and Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell doubles finals on Sunday.

Horia Tecau completed yet another dream week in Bucharest when he clinched his third straight doubles title at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy.

Tecau joined forces with Jean-Julien Rojer to beat third seeds and 2006 champions Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-4, 6-4 in 69 minutes in the final. Tecau had partnered Robert Lindstedt to the 2012 crown and Max Mirnyi to last year’s trophy.

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Rojer, who improved to 12-12 in ATP World Tour doubles finals, and Tecau – now 19-14 in championship matches – split €23,500 in prize money and earned 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points. They broke the Poles serve at 3-3 in each set.

“It’s always great to win at home,” Tecau told ATPWorldTour.com. “We got great support from the crowd, but, of course, you also feel some extra pressure here. I’m very happy that I won this title with Jules after winning here during the past two years as well.”

Rojer told ATPWorldTour.com, “I’m very happy, and even more so for Horia. It was our goal to win here. He’s won the title during the past two years and I really wanted to do so as well. He’s always been doing well here and I know how much it means to him.”

It was Rojer and Tecau’s third ATP World Tour title of the season, which includes the PBZ Zagreb Indoors and the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca. They are currently No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, with the top eight teams qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London in November.

Assessing their season so far, Tecau added, “We are still a young team and it’s great that we got off to such a good start. We are still working on improving several things and I hope that we’ll be able to win a few matches in Madrid and during the upcoming tournament. I usually have a great season when I play well in Casablanca and Bucharest.”

Fyrstenberg and Matkowski were contesting their 37th team final (14-23 overall). The ‘Polish Power’ shared €12,350 and 150 points.

Huta Galung, Robert swimHuta Galung/Robert Earn Barcelona Crown

Jesse Huta Galung and Stephane Robert celebrated with a dip in a swimming pool after they defeated fifth seeds and two-time former champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 6-3 in 55 minutes to win the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell title. 

The Dutch-French team became just the third duo to win a tour-level title as lucky losers. They received €131,700 in prize money and earned 500 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings points.

“It’s a funny story, because on Friday I asked him to play doubles but we weren’t sure if we would be playing,” Huta Galung told ATPWorldTour.com. “We got in as lucky losers and we won the tournament. It is an amazing tournament. I am happy to have played with Stephane. He played well all week.

When asked if this would be the start of a long-term partnership, Robert told ATPWorldTour.com, “We don’t know! Next week I will be at my highest ranking and Jesse will be around No. 70. So it is still not possible to play regularly on the ATP World Tour, so we might need to play with other players to earn more points before teaming up again.”

Huta Galung had previously finished runner-up in two ATP World Tour doubles finals at 2008 Amersfoort (w/Sijsling) and last year’s ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (w/de Bakker). Robert was contesting his first title match.

“We played our own games all week,” said Huta Galung. “Maybe the other teams don’t know us as well, so we didn’t have anything to lose. Maybe the pressure was on them.”

Nestor had been attempting to lift his fifth Barcelona crown, while Zimonjic had been going for his fourth trophy at the ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament. As a team, they had been looking to win their 26th tour-level silverware.

Nestor is now 83-55 in finals, while Zimonjic is 50-33. The duo is No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings. They shared €59,430 and 300 points.

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