Querrey/Johnson Make Personal History In Geneva
Americans win first team doubles title
Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson might have to return to the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open more often. The American doubles team, playing the tournament for the first time, claimed their maiden ATP World Tour doubles team title on Saturday in Geneva. The pair hit five aces and breezed past compatriot Rajeev Ram and South African Raven Klaasen 6-4, 6-1 in one hour.
Querrey and Johnson had been runners-up two times, at the BB&T Atlanta Open in 2014 and at the Memphis Open in February. “You keep losing, it makes it tougher and tougher. So it was great to get a win here,” Querrey said. “We're both really excited.”
The team won 77 per cent of their service points (36/47) and never faced a break point in the final. They also pressured their opponents' serves throughout the match, seeing 12 break points and converting three of them.
Ram and Klaasen, who were runners-up at the Miami Open presented by Itau earlier this year, were seeking their first title of the season and second overall (2015 Halle, d. Bopanna/Mergea).
Querrey and Johnson, who have known each other since they were kids growing up in California, each will receive 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €27,000. Ram and Klaasen will receive 150 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €14,200.
“This is my first title, singles or doubles, so I'm excited to get a win,” Johnson said. “It's going to be a fun train ride to Paris tonight.”