Rojer/Tecau Capture First Major At Wimbledon
Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau triumph on Centre Court
Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau captured their first Grand Slam doubles title on Saturday as they denied Jamie Murray and John Peers with a 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4 victory in the Wimbledon final.
The Dutch-Romanian duo claimed victory in one hour and 52 minutes on Centre Court. Rojer is the first Dutch player to win a Grand Slam doubles title since Paul Haarhuis triumphed at 2002 Roland Garros, while Tecau is the first Romanian player to win a major doubles crown since Ilie Nastase lifted the trophy at the 1975 US Open.
Victory was extra sweet for Tecau, having lost out in three previous Wimbledon finals with Robert Lindstedt from 2010-12.
"I'm extremely happy," said Tecau. "I've been in three finals before. Very emotional to lose those finals because this is one of my favourite tournaments. I won it here as a junior twice. I wanted to come back and win it as a professional.
"Losing three finals was tough. Reaching the fourth one was amazing. It's been an amazing two weeks for us, some tough matches. A few nerves this morning going into this fourth final because I lost three. I wanted to approach it the right way, really take my chances today and play the way I want and really enjoy it."
The Grand Slam triumph gives Rojer and Tecau a strong chance of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the second year in a row.
"It's one of the biggest, if not the biggest, match that I played," said Rojer. "I was also nervous, like Horia was. We have a strong bond on the court together and feel like we can get through it together. He doesn't have to put it on him and I don't have to put it on me. I think if you have that, these moments become a little bit more easy to handle."
After saving break points early in the first set, Rojer and Tecau worked their way into the match and clinched the tight opener in a tie-break. An early break of serve in the second set steered the momentum in their favour and after taking a two-set lead, the fourth seeds broke decisively in the ninth game of the third set.
"I felt they got momentum early and that was the difference," said Peers. "I felt if we could have snuck out a break out early, things could have gone completely different. I think that was the biggest difference. They started a little better and hung in there early. We just didn't take our chances when we had a few half chances early."
Rojer and Tecau were on the brink of defeat in the second round as they saved a match point before edging Andre Begemann and Julian Knowle 15-13 in the fifth set. They also came through a titanic contest in the semi-finals, beating the Bryans’ conquerors, Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea, 13-11 in the fifth set.
The Dutch/Romanian duo captured eight ATP World Tour titles together last year and won their ninth team title earlier this year in Rotterdam, beating Murray and Peers.
Andy Murray watched on as his brother Jamie was beaten in his first Grand Slam final. Murray and Peers had ousted defending champions Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock in the third round, before upsetting Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the quarter-finals.
"It was a good tournament for us," said Murray. "We got to the final of Wimbledon, which is not so easy to do. It was my best result in a Grand Slam by quite some distance. Sad to lose. But I guess overall it was a positive tournament."