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ROJER/TECAU WIN SIXTH TEAM TITLE IN SHENZHEN

Top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecaucaptured their sixth title of the season Sunday as they defeated Australians Sam Groth and Chris Guccione 6-4, 7-6(4) in theShenzhen Open final.

The Dutch/Romanian duo saved six of the seven break points they faced as they clinched victory in 87 minutes. Rojer and Tecau are looking for a strong finish to the season to secure one of the six remaining spots at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. They are currently eighth in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings.
“We got away with the title, which is always nice,” said Tecau. “It’s our sixth one. It feels good and it’s a good way to start the Asian swing. The conditions were as hot as I’ve played in, in Asia. It’s a good sign that we could get through this week.”
“It was an exciting final,” said Tecau. “We were playing against two guys that serve big. We had to take care of our own serves and hopefully convert a few of the chances that might get. We did that in the first set and were up a break in the second. We kind of let them back into the match, so we’re happy we managed to win the second set tie-break. A super tie-break would have been dangerous.”

Since joining forces at the start of the season, Rojer and Tecau have compiled a 38-17 team record, reaching seven ATP World Tour finals. They have lifted trophies in Zagreb, Casablanca, Bucharest, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Washington D.C., with one runner-up showing in Rotterdam.

The 33-year-old Rojer won his 15th ATP World Tour crown, while the 29-year-old Tecau captured his 22nd title.