By Alex Welch/BB&T Atlanta Open
After falling short in the finals of the Claro Open Columbia, Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Igor Sijsling avenged their last loss by capturing the BB&T Atlanta Open doubles title, taking down Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray in straight sets 7-6, 6-3.
Both teams looked strong in the early stages of the championship, holding serve and ultimately forcing a tiebreak in the first set. Roger-Vasselin and Sijsling each came up with an ace, and their strong serving led them to edge out their British counterparts 8-6 to take the lead.
Winning the first set translated well to the following games, as the duo broke Marray to go up 2-0 in the second frame. From that point, they never looked back. Roger-Vasselin and Sijsling each looked solid at the net in the fifth game, taking a 4-1 lead and all but deterring any chance of a comeback from Marray and Fleming.
It took just 70 minutes to close out the match, and after upon looking at the stats afterward, it was easy to see where Roger-Vasselin and Sijsling excelled. They won 95 percent of their first service points, compared Fleming and Marray’s 73.
While Roger-Vasselin now has five doubles titles to his, this was the first of Sijsling’s career. With the duo playing so well as of late, future appearances together are likely on the horizon.