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Estoril Open: A doubles report

By Luís Santos

Early Sunday afternoon at the Estoril Open final day and it was time for the men’s doubles’ final.

Defending champions and fourth seeds David Marrero and Marc Lopez were up against Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer, the third seeds this week.

Butorac is a former Estoril Open champion, having won the event in 2009 alongside Scott Lipsky. This week, Butorac and Rojer powered their way through the draw, never dropping more than six games in each match. In the semifinals they took out top seeds Bopanna/Qureshi in just 63 minutes.

The Spanish tandem of Marrero/Lopez had early struggles in the earlier rounds being taken to match tiebreaks twice.

It was no surprise when Butorac/Rojer claimed the match in straight sets, a break on each of them being enough to secure the win.

Rojer was grateful for the welcoming at the tournament and complimented his opponents: “I would like to thank all of you for coming out here, this is all me and Eric do for a living, so thank you. Our opponents today are always tough on every surface, so I’m happy for the win. I would also like to thank the sponsors, Banco Espírito Santo and Turismo de Portugal, without them this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Eric Butorac mainly agreed with his partner saying: “Jean-Julien said it all. I’m very thankful for the sponsors and tournament organizers, they were fantastic all week. It’s always good to come to Portugal, it’s a very nice country and I hope more people can come here and enjoy it.”

Yesterday afternoon Alisa Kleybanova and Galina Voskoboeva also took home the women’s doubles crown after they defeated Greek Eleni Daniilidou and Dutch Michaella Krajicek 6-4 6-2.

“Alisa and I enjoy each other’s company. We’ve known each other for a long time,” Voskoboeva said. “Every time we play well together, but we’ve never won before – here our game was solid and we really knew each other on the court.”

“I’m really happy because I didn’t do so well in the singles,” Kleybanova said. “It was important for me to play some more matches and have some good wins in doubles. It instills confidence. Another title can never be bad, always good!”

BRITISH WEATHER INDECISIVE BUT MURRAY AND RODDICK SHINE AT QUEEN’S CLUB

The indecisive British weather threatened for most of the day causing play to be held back until 1.30pm on Centre Court and the players to be pulled off for a break at 3.30pm during a heavy shower. However, the sunshine prevailed towards the latter stages, but unfortunately did not shine kindly on British No. 2, Alex Bogdanovic who lost the final set to talented Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 after a missed challenge and two double faults ended his campaign on Centre Court. Bogdanovic revealed his “disappointment” over having his funding cut by the Lawn Tennis Association after the match, but remained positive that he could still be “a top 100 player”.

Next up on centre was the talented Frenchman, No. 6 seed Gael Monfils against German, Rainer Schuettler, ranked No. 82 in the ATP world rankings. During the first game, Monfils appeared to twist his knee and looked extremely uncomfortable moving on the grass for the rest of the match losing in three 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, meaning the former Wimbledon semifinalist, Shuettler had pulled off his biggest win since beating Sam Querrey in the first round of this year’s Australian Open.

Performance of day two at Queen’s had to go to Andy Murray, who was next up on centre, playing Ivan Navarro. Surprisingly for a Spaniard, Navarro took his serve volley game to Murray who did well to get the first set to his first tiebreak at Queen’s since 2008. Murray managed to pull off some spectacular shots to take the first set, which must have thrilled his girlfriend, Kim Sears back watching on the side lines since rekindling their romance earlier this year. Murray started to see the ball a lot better in the second set, winning it convincingly 6-3. He came back at the end of the day’s play to partner his brother Jamie against Sam Querrey and Scott Lipsky of the USA. The pair looked impressive as they won in two in front of a more vocal home crowd after several glasses of Pimms. Murray was suitably grumpy in the post match press conference and I can see why he hasn’t always won many popularity points with the press.

Andy Roddick made easy work of Russian Igor Kunitsyn, thrashing him 6-2, 6-1 in a flash. Roddick revealed an interesting theory after the match, saying that he would “love three months of 1000 tournaments in the lead up to Wimbledon. We have a couple of 250s before Wimbledon. So for me that’s just a glaring issue, you know.” More Pimms and strawberries for three months before Wimbledon? I second that Andy, but what about the weather?

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