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Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer celebrate their second title of 2022 in Delray Beach on Sunday.

Arevalo/Rojer Ride Wave To Delray Title

El Salvadorian-Dutch pairing backs up Dallas win

Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer completed a perfect fortnight in the United States as they claimed victory at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com on Sunday.

The top-seeded pairing held their nerve to defeat Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-2, 6-7(5), 10-4 and extend their winning streak to seven matches and earn consecutive ATP Tour titles.

Arevalo and Rojer partnered for the first time at Delray Beach in 2021, losing out in the first round. They did not play together again until the Melbourne Summer Set in January this year, but the newly cemented partnership has enjoyed immediate success and picked up its first title together at the Dallas Open without dropping a set.

“It’s awesome,” said Rojer after the Delray Beach final. “It doesn’t happen that much, obviously, so to get back-to-back titles is great. At the same time, every match is different, and you can take the confidence [from the Dallas title] for sure, that helps, but you saw today, one little let-up and the match gets complicated and then you’re playing a 10-point tie-breaker for the title.

“We’re happy with the result, we’re happy with the work we’ve been doing, both during the matches but also outside on the practice court, and it’s paying off for us.”

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The top seeds looked on course for another comfortable victory in Delray Beach after dominating the first set and establishing a 4-2 lead in the second. One of Arevalo and Rojer’s few disappointments this year was a first-round loss to Nedovyesov and Qureshi in Sydney, however, and the Kazakh-Pakistani pairing proved a tricky prospect again.

The third seeds broke back and went on to force a Match Tie-break, but the El Salvadorian-Dutch pairing reasserted their control and sealed victory in one hour, 50 minutes. Arevalo and Rojer ended the match having won 75 per cent (33/44) of points behind their first serves, restricting their opponents to just two break points.

The Delray Beach title is the 31st of Dutchman Rojer’s career, while his partner Arevalo now has four.

Arevalo is optimistic for further success in the future. “I think we’re big believers in having energy on the court, that’s what keeps us going and that’s what we like about each other. We’re always pushing each other and we both feel great about it.“