Rojer/Tecau Boost London Bid With Beijing Win
Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau continued their charge in the Emirates ATP Race To London on Sunday as they won their seventh title of the year at the China Open in Beijing.
The Dutch/Romanian duo edged fourth seeds Julien Benneteau and Vasek Pospisil 6-7(6), 7-5, 10-5 in one hour and 49 minutes.
"It was a tough match," said Rojer. "We had some chances early in the match. We were a break up twice, but they broke us back. They were playing very well. We were down a break in the second set and that's where the match was hanging really. We managed to keep fighting and get the break back. It was an extremely difficult match. Tough opponents."
Rojer and Tecau won their second title in a row, having triumphed at the Shenzhen Open last week, and will look to complete the China sweep in Shanghai. This year they have also lifted the trophies at Zagreb, Casablanca, Bucharest, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Washington, while finishing runners-up at Rotterdam.
"I'm excited," said Tecau. "Besides the two titles, we've been playing well. We were looking at these two weeks in China as good for us, good conditions that suit our game. We're happy we were able to execute and get two titles. Hopefully we can keep it up for another week."
Rojer and Tecau are currently sixth in the year-to-date standings, with the top eight teams at the end of the regular season qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Although playing together for the first time, both Benneteau and Pospisil had a vested interest in denying Rojer and Tecau the winners’ 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points. Both being Grand Slam champions this year, Benneteau and Pospisil are also in the thick of the Emirates ATP Race To London, alongside Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Jack Sock, respectively. They will reunite with their regular partners at next week’s Shanghai Rolex Masters.
"It was nice to play with Vasek for the first time," said Benneteau, the Roland Garros champion who dropped to a 10-6 finals record. "We worked very well together. We were close today, but they deserved the win. I wish him good luck for next week."
The 24-year-old Pospisil, who triumphed at Wimbledon with Sock, was playing his fourth doubles final (2-2 record). "Thanks to Julien for playing with me this week," said the Canadian. "Credit to our opponents, they played well. We had a good week."