Rojer/Tecau Earn First Masters 1000 Title In Madrid

Team improves to 5-0 against Bopanna/Mergea

Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau have a new distinction on their tennis championship resume.

The team, which won the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and Wimbledon last year, now has won an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. Rojer/Tecau beat the defending Mutua Madrid Open champions Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea 6-4, 7-6(5) in Madrid on Sunday.

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.

"They are a great team, and also friends," Rojer said. "It's never easy to play these matches, difficult for all four guys."

Rojer/Tecau will receive 1,000 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €282,720. Bopanna/Mergea, who are still seeking their first title of the season, will get 600 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €138,400.