Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner, seeded ninth, captured their first US Open title, dismissing No. 6 seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6-2, 6-2 in 48 minutes Saturday night in the men’s doubles final. The victory gives the Austrian-German pair their second major title after they won the Wimbledon trophy last year. "From the word go, we were playing really well," assessed Melzer. "The opponents were a little bit nervous from the beginning and we fully used that to our advantage."
The No. 9 seeds were the superior team from the start. Matkowski began the match with a double fault and Melzer and Petzschner each crushed backhand return winners to earn an early break of serve. They raced to a 4-0 lead in just eight minutes, winning 16 of the first 17 points, while hitting seven winners to zero unforced errors. Matkowski held at love to get the Poles on the board, but Melzer and Petzschner kept plugging away to take the first set in 22 minutes.
Fyrstenberg and Matkowski, appearing in their first major final in 29 Grand Slam events together, began the second set with a confident service game, holding at love. But at 1-1, 30-30, Melzer showed off incredible defensive skills, returning four overheads before he and his German partner eventually won the point. Fyrstenberg subsequently tossed in a double fault to hand Melzer and Petzschner the break advantage.
The Polish tandem didn’t give up, and on their second break point opportunity of the match, Matkowski ripped a forehand return down the line on Petzschner’s serve to even the score at 2-2. But in the following game, controversy took over the match.
At 30-30, Matkowski served and volleyed and after Fyrstenberg hit a drop volley, Petzschner ran down the shot, popping it up for a high forehand volley. Matkowski smashed it but to his surprise, Petzschner’s reflexes got it back for a winner on the line… except it was his shin, not his racquet that returned the ball. Petzschner did not call it on himself and the chair umpire didn't see it. Replays clearly showed that Matkowski’s shot hit Petzschner’s leg. On the next point, Melzer struck a beautiful backhand lob to secure the break, and the tide had turned for good.
After Melzer and Petzschner held at love, the two teed off on Fyrstenberg’s serve, rocketing two returns that Fyrstenberg was unable to handle to claim a double break lead. Petzschner then served out the match at love, with Melzer carving a backhand-volley winner to clinch the title on their first championship point. "Winning another slam is an amazing feeling. We're both really happy the way it turned out," said Petzschner.
With the win, Melzer and Petzschner notched their fifth team title in five finals, and third this season after winning Rotterdam and Stuttgart. They improved to a 2-0 record against Fyrstenberg and Matkowski after winning a round robin encounter at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals last November.
The Poles were appearing in their first final of the year. Melzer and Petzschner take home $420,000 in prize money.
- Melzer/Petzschner captured their second Grand Slam title.
- The Austrian-German pair struck 23 winners, to just six unforced errors.
- The Poles dropped serve five times, while breaking their opponents once.
- Melzer/Petzschner won 88 percent of their first service points.
| Jurgen Melzer AUT (9)|
Philipp Petzschner GER (9)
| Mariusz Fyrstenberg POL (6)|
Marcin Matkowski POL (6)