Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky maintained their unbeaten record in ATP World Tour finals on Sunday. It was also their first trophy as fathers. Gonzalez and Lipsky improving to 4-0 in title matches after a hard-fought 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 win in 89 minutes over top seeds and defending champion Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer at the Portugal Open.
The new champions earned €22,500 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points. Gonzalez improves to a 7-2 record in doubles finals, while Lipsky is now 9-7 overall. Lipsky captured the 2009 Oeiras title with Eric Butorac.
Rojer was broken to 30 in the third game and Gonzalez survived a deciding deuce point in the next game. At 2-5, Qureshi led 30-0 but double faulted twice and was subsequently broken. Gonzalez was broken in the third game of the second set as a fired up Rojer was quick to exploit the short ball, hitting a backhand to Lipsky’s feet on the deciding deuce point.
The momentum shifted, but at 4-2 Qureshi was forced to return to his chair. After he received medical attention, Qureshi and Rojer cruised through the set for their fourth Match tie-break of the tournament. Qureshi held to love at 5-3, finishing with an ace.
After the first point of the Match tie-break, Qureshi was sick in a corner of the court. After a brief pause for further medical attention, Qureshi lost both his serves to trail 0-3. Gonzalez and Lipsky extended their lead to 5-1, before Qureshi and Rojer won the next four points.
Qureshi double-faulted for a fourth time in the match at 5-5. It signaled another turning point as Gonzalez and Lipsky won five of the next seven points. Gonzalez finished the match with a forehand volley. The team improved to an 11-9 match record this year. Qureshi dropped to an 8-10 record in tour-level finals, while Rojer is now 8-11 lifetime in title matches. Rojer also won the 2011 Oeiras title with Butorac. Qureshi and Rojer dropped to a 14-9 record on the season, highlighted by their biggest career title at the Sony Open Tennis inMiami. They were also finalists at the Open 13 in Marseille.
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MIAMI: Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and his Dutch partner Jean-Julien Rojer lifted their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy in Miami on Saturday.
After beating eighth seeded Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-4, 6-1, fifth seeded Qureshi and Rojer managed to win their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000.
The Pakistani/Dutch duo captured their third title together, having triumphed in Estoril and Halle last year en route to qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
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KARACHI: The fifth seed pair of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer has reached the quarter-finals stage of the Sony Open Tennis being played in Miami from March 20-31.
In the second round of men’s doubles category of this ATP Masters tournament, Aisam-Rojer defeated the pair of Treat Huey of Philippines and Dominic Inglot of Great Britain, ranked 27th and 41st, respectively, 4-6, 6-3, 14-12.
Now they will face the pair of Oliver Manarch of Austria and Nicolas Almagro of Spain, ranked 49th and 12th, respectively. After this tournament Aisam is to play Pakistan’s Davis Cup tie against New Zealand in Myanmar in April.
KARACHI: The fifth seeded pair of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and his partner Jean-Julien Rojer won their first round match of the Sony Open Tennis in Miami on Thursday.
In the first round of men’s doubles category of this ATP Masters tournament, Aisam-Rojer defeated the pair of Jerzy Janowicz of Poland and Florain Mayer of Germany, ranked 66 and 138 respectively, 4-6, 6-4, 10-6.
Now they face the duo of Treat Huey of Philippines and Dominic Inglot of Great Britain, ranked 27 and 41 respectively.
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Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Rohan Bopanna of India were famously together as Indo-Pak Express and were very popular as they rose together since pairing up in 2007. They reached 2010 US Open final and won 4 ATP tournaments together but they decided to part ways in 2011 when Bopanna decided to play with his compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi.
Qureshi and Bopanna have been on court together twice in last 4 days but both have been on opposite side of the court. First in the final of Marseille ATP 250 tournament’s final and now in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free ATP 500 tournament.
At Marseille Aisam and his Dutch partner Rojer Julien were top seeds and were beaten in the finals by second seeds Bopanna and his British partner Colin Flemings. Whereas in Dubai Aisam and Rojer Julien were seeded second in the event whereas Bopanna was unseeded with his American partner Rajeev Ram.
In a match that lasted i hour and 7 minutes, the Indian-British pair broke their opponents 3 times and secured a 6-4,6-4 win. They will face Romania Victor Hanescu and Czech Republic’s Lukas Rosol in the Quarterfinal.