CITI OPEN 2014
Rojer/Tecau Win Fifth Team Title In Washington
by ATP Staff|
The unseeded Dutch-Romanian duo, who trailed 1-4 in the opening set, fired three aces and converted on three of 13 break point opportunities for the win in 80 minutes. All of their titles have come in 2014, having previously claimed one on indoor hard in Zagreb, a pair on clay in Casablanca and Bucharest, and one on grass in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
"They're a new team, the first time they played together," said Tecau of Groth and Paes. "We were able to watch a few of their matches during the week and we made a plan for the match today. We knew what to expect. Groth is a big server and with Leander at the net we knew it was going to be a tough task.
"We were just hoping to get in the return games when Leander was serving and engage Groth at the net. Despite the slow start, we played pretty solid and once we got the break back we were able to get some more energy and confidence and just rolled for the rest of the match."
Individually, Rojer improved to 14-12 in tour-level finals, while Tecau won his 21st crown in his 35th title match. They take home $93,460 and 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points for their efforts.
"We talk a lot and communicate," said Rojer about the partnership. "We've known each other for a long time and we work hard and enjoy competing. It comes naturally when we're on the court together."
Groth and Paes, meanwhile, were appearing in their first final as a team. Paes was competing in his 90th final (53-37) with an 18th different partner. Groth was bidding for his second ATP World Tour doubles title just two weeks after winning his first, with Chris Guccione at the Claro Open Colombia.