Rojer & Tecau Claim US Open Men's Doubles CrownSeptember 09, 2017
Springfield Lasers doubles standout Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau lifted their second major trophy on Friday, defeating Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez 6-4, 6-3 in the US Open final.
The 12th-seeded Rojer and Tecau, who previously tasted Grand Slam glory at Wimbledon in 2015, struck 41 winners to just seven unforced errors against Lopez and Lopez. In addition to beating the 11th-seeded Spaniards, Rojer and Tecau also knocked off top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers, fourth seeds and defending champions Bruno Soares (Washington Kastles) and Jamie Murray, and sixth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers.
“I think we know that we are a rhythm team. Once we started winning matches -- we already have the belief we can beat anybody, but you still need confidence and to do stuff right on a daily basis to get to that point to beat anybody,” Rojer said in the team’s post-match press conference. “We just know that if we are handling those things, you can line up anybody across the net from us and we have a good chance to win. It takes work to get to that point.”
The victory marked the pair’s 10th win in a row, having triumphed at Winston Salem coming into New York. Rojer and Tecau have won 16 titles as a team, including four this season.
Martina Hingis (Washington Kastles) advanced to both the women’s doubles and mixed doubles finals with her respective partners. Hingis teamed up with Yung-Jan Chan to defeat Sania Mirza and Shuai Peng 6-4, 6-4 before taking the court again with mixed doubles partner Jamie Murray for a 6-4, 7-6(8) win over Tecau and CoCo Vandeweghe (San Diego Aviators).
Hingis and Murray, this year’s Wimbledon champions, will face Hao-Ching Chan and Michael Venus in Saturday’s final.