Madrid Open: Tecau/Rojer win men’s doubles title

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Romanian tennis player Horia Tecau and the Dutch Jean-Julien Rojer have won on Sunday the men’s doubles event at Madrid Open after defeating 6-4, 7-6 (5) the Romanian-Indian pair Florin Mergea/Rohan Bopanna.

Tecau and Rojer, 3rd seeded, claimed the victory after 71 minutes to Mergea and Bopanna, 6th seeded.

The winners have secured a EUR 282,720 cheque and 1,000 ATP points, while the defeated pair will get EUR 138,400 and 600 ATP points.

The Netherlander and Romanian didn’t drop a set en route to their first title of the season. They jumped out to an early lead in the final, earning a break to go up 3-1 in the first set. They’d serve out the set on their first attempt. Neither side, though, lost their serve in the second. In the tie-break, Rojer/Tecau landed a mini-break to win in straight sets and improve to 5-0 against the pair.

“I want to thank my partner for having another great week,” Tecau said. “We were struggling for a few weeks, couldn’t win a lot of matches…. It feels great to play well together and get another title.”

Rojer/Tecau lost just a single point on their first serve (39/40). They now have 12 tour-level titles and three on clay since they started playing together in 2014. “We’ve been chasing this one for almost three years,” Tecau said. “We’re really excited to get this one because it comes after having a few early exits in Masters (1000 events) this year. So it means a lot to us.”

Rojer said the match was especially difficult because the teams are close friends. Last month, Tecau and Mergea partnered together in their native Romania to win the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest. The same week, Rojer and Bopanna played together but lost in the Barcelona Open BancSabadell quarter-finals, atpworldtour.com reports.

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