Dodig/Melo Keep Rolling, Claim Cincinnati Title
No. 4 seeds win second consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title
Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo finished strongly to win the Western & Southern Open doubles title over Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 10/6 on Sunday. Dodig/Melo took five of the last six points of the Match Tie-break and became the first team to win the Rogers Cup and the Western & Southern Open back-to-back since Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan did it in 2010. It was their fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title as a team.
“We’ve been playing well since Toronto, and we’re happy to be able to make our way through the draw again,” Melo said. “I was serving really well with one racquet, so I stayed with it the entire match, and was switching on my return games to see if I could improve there. It worked and I was making almost every return, but I still preferred the other racquet for serves and volleys. There were some differences in the grips, and that ended up helping us today.”
“It’s a great experience for us to win two difficult tournaments in a row,” Dodig said. “Winning difficult matches helps with the confidence and allows us to play our best on important points.”
The Croatian/Brazilian duo are now 25-11 in 2016 and will improve one position to No. 4 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London. The 2014 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals finalists are looking to take part in the year-end event for the fourth consecutive year.
Both teams played classic attacking doubles throughout the match, blanketing the net and keeping points short. Neither team dropped serve during the one hour, 53-minute match. At 5/4 in the first-set tie-break, Dodig forced Rojer into a volley error with a strong down-the-line return off Tecau’s second serve. It was the lone mini-break of the deciding game and two points later, the Rogers Cup champions were in the lead.
Rojer/Tecau raised their level and held two set points at 6-5 in the second set, but a clutch first serve from Melo and a scrambling volley from Dodig ensured another tie-break. The Dutch-Romanian team raced to a 5/2 lead and forced the Match Tie-break after winning a rapid-fire exchange at net. Thanks to their Cincinnati showing, Rojer/Tecau will jump to No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London. They are the defending champions at the event, having beaten Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea last year.
Dodig/Melo will share 1,000 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings Points and $258,500 while Rojer/Tecau will split 600 points and $126,550.