VEGETA CROATIA OPEN, CREDIT AGRICOLE SUISSE OPEN 2014
First Titles For Cermak/Rosol, Begemann/Haase
by ATP Staff|
The Czech duo won 80 per cent of first serve points, capturing their first team tour-level title in 83 minutes.
“I’m very happy," exclaimed Rosol. "I hope I will have more weeks like this. I had a great week here. It was my first time in Umag and hopefully not the last one.”
It was the 37-year-old Cermak's 30th doubles crown and first since winning in Moscow in 2012. He claimed his third Umag trophy with three different partners, having won alongside Julian Knowle in 2002 and Michal Mertinak in 2009. Rosol improved to 3-0 in doubles finals. The pair, who won the 2011 Prague Challenger together, take home €23,500 and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points.
“Lukas and I played great tennis during the week and I hope we will continue to play together in the future,” added Cermak.
Lajovic and Skugor, who made their doubles final debuts, were attempting to become the first Serbian-Croatian tandem to triumph in ATP World Tour history. They saved 12 of 14 break point opportunities despite the loss.
Begemann/Haase Win First Team Title
Andre Begemann and Robin Haase endured little resistance en route to their first team title at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad. The third seeds did not relinquish a set all week, beating Rameez Junaid and Michal Mertinak 6-3, 6-4 in exactly one hour in the Gstaad final.
"It's always important to get along on and off the court and I think we have a great mix there," said Begemann. "With my aggressive serve-and-volley style and his baseline style, it matches up well. We played well at the French Open [Roland Garros] already and I was hoping to get a title with him.
"I wouldn't have expected it to be as convincing. We hadn't lost more than five games in one set and it feels special."
The German-Dutch tandem (pictured right, photo credit: Christian Pfander/Fresh Focus) were competing in just their third tournament together, having reached the quarter-finals at the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur and the third round in Roland Garros. Begemann claimed his fourth ATP World Tour title and second of the year, after prevailing alongside Julian Knowle at the Gerry Weber Open. Haase won his first doubles crown in over three years, improving to 2-5 in finals.
"It's our third tournament together, we played well and hopefully we can get another one next week," Haase said.
Mertinak, who was contesting his 25th final, falls to 13-12 in title matches. Junaid was attempting to hoist his maiden trophy in his first final.
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