Butorac/Lipsky Secure Estoril Title
Americans upend top seeds in final
Fourth seeds Eric Butorac and Scott Lipsky edged top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 in a Match Tie-break to win the Millennium Estoril Open on Sunday. It was the third title for the Americans and a second consecutive Estoril Open crown for Lipsky, who teamed with Treat Huey to win last year.
“I wished I knew the secret of our success here, because then I could just do the same thing everywhere else,” Lipsky said. “I love the weather here. It reminds me of California, where I live. If we could do this every week, it’d be great.”
“We’re always so happy to come to Portugal. Everyone is so hospitable,” Butorac added. “As a player you’re very relaxed because you see that people are happy to have you.”
Butorac/Lipsky put heavy pressure on the Poles’ service games, converting two of 10 break points during the 87-minute match. They did not face a break point in winning the first set, but dropped serve twice in the second set before prevailing in the Match Tie-break. The Americans improved to 3-2 in tour-level finals. Butorac has now won at least one doubles title in each of the past 10 years, while Lipsky stretched his streak to nine years.
“Eric and I have been friends for a long time, and we played together for six or eight months back in 2009,” Lipsky said. “We’ve talked about playing together again for a long time. After Wimbledon last year, we gave it a shot and have had good success. Being friends on and off the court helps a lot in doubles.”
“The great thing about doubles is that you have someone else there to calm you down, as opposed to singles where you’re out there by yourself” Butorac said. “It’s nice to have someone to pick you up when you’re down.”
Kubot/Matkowski came from a set down in their first-round and quarter-final matches to reach their first ATP World Tour final together. Kubot most recently won a title in Vienna 2015, while Matkowski’s last title came in Kuala Lumpur 2014.
“We had a chance to break in the beginning of the match, but we didn’t. The other guys played better,” Matkowski said. “We turned it around in the second. The Match Tie-break is always a bit of a lottery, and we came up short in the end.”
“It’s a good result for us. We came to get some matches in and we got four matches, which is the best possible outcome for us,” said Kubot.
Butorac/Lipsky will share 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €25,070, while Kubot/Matkowski earned 150 points and €13,170.