Indiaâ€™s Rohan Bopanna and Pakistanâ€™s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi won the Stockholm Open menâ€™s doubles tennis title with a convincing 6-1, 6-3 victory over Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares here on Sunday.
It was the top-seeded India-Pakistan pairâ€™s second ATP World Tour title of the season following their victory at the Gerry Weber Open in June and their third title overall as a team. Bopanna and Qureshi are ranked seventh overall in the ATP menâ€™s doubles team rankings, and they added 250 points after their win, thus improving their chances of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour. There are three remaining spots in the eight team field of the season finale to be held in London next month.
â€œIt feels great to have won our second title of the year and this is the best way to keep ourselves in contention for a berth in London,â€announced Bopanna.â€œBopanna and Qureshi were the better players from the first to the last ball today. They initiated quite early in the game and Melo/Soares couldnâ€™t quite hang with the pace,â€ said Tournament Director Thomas Johansson.
After the match Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi thanked his partner and the support of the Pakistanis in the audience.â€œWe hope to come back next year and win the title again,â€ said Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi after the match. Qureshi and Bopanna are next scheduled to play in the Valencia Open 500 in Austria.