Tecau/Rojer Capture Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Doubles Title
Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer capture their 11th team title
Horia Tecau and Jean-Julien Rojer completed a memorable week at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday when they captured the title, less than 24 hours after they had clinched year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings.
Second seeds Rojer and Tecau defeated eighth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea 6-4, 6-3 for their 11th team title, and third of the year that includes their maiden Grand Slam at Wimbledon (d. J. Murray-Peers). The duo ends the season with a 48-21 match record.
It's such a nice event, a big tournament, a big prize to win at the end of the year," said Rojer. "It's just a culmination of the whole year. I think we had a good year together."
Rojer and Tecau are the first doubles team to win the season finale without losing a set since round-robin play began in 1986.
Despite hitting two aces, Bopanna dropped his serve to 30 in the opening game that was the only break in the 31-minute opener. Though Tecau saved two break points, including a deciding deuce point, at 3-2.
Bopanna came under pressure against at 2-2, losing his serve to 15 and lost his serve for a third time, as a confident Rojer and Tecau broke to love in the final game.
Other than Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, Rojer and Tecau became the first team to finish in top spot since Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in 2008.
"We managed to win our first Grand Slam this year [and] we managed to finish the year No. 1," said Tecau. "Our main focus is still on improving the team. Whatever comes after will come. That's what we've been doing so far, just working on our game, talking a lot. We communicate very well. We have a very open relationship. We can tell each other everything. That helps a lot in this sport."
Bopanna and Mergea first teamed up at Casablanca in April and end the year with a 31-16 record, including two titles from four finals.
"It was just a tough day today," said Bopanna. "But it's been a great week, making it to the final, first-time outing for us as a team. And for the season, starting out in April, playing just about a handful of tournaments and to qualify here, I think it's been a fantastic year for us. We can take a lot of positives from this year, and we are looking forward to starting fresh in January.
Mergea added, "It's a pleasure to play in the [Barclays ATP] World Tour Finals title match. Obviously, this has been the first time two Romanians played the doubles final here. I think it's an historic day for us."
The championship was watched by a capacity crowd of 17,500, including the inaugural year-end championships winner (1970) Stan Stan, four-time former titlist Ilie Nastase and 1976 champion Manuel Orantes, who are at The O2 with other players from the 1970s as part of The Finals Club.