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Moodie on the move
- Updated: June 20, 2009
South Africa’s Wesley Moodie and Belgian Dick Norman captured their first ATP World Tour doubles title together Saturday, beating Johan Brunstrom and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-6 (3) 6-7 (8) 10-5 in the final of the Ordina Open in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.
The top seeded combination, currently No. 9 in the 2009 ATP Doubles Team Rankings, add a further 250 ATP World Tour Ranking points to their total and receive Ôé¼22,750.
Moodie, a member of the OPEX provisional squad for the 2012 Olympics in London, and Norman were playing just their fourth tour-level tournament together and have enjoyed huge success since first joining forces for a quarter-final exit at Marseille in February.
In their second outing they reached the semi-finals in Estoril before coming together again to reach their first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros ÔÇô where they defeated top-ranked Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the semi-finals before succumbing to Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes in the championship match.
The towering duo fired 14 aces and won 86% of points on serve in their first grass-court final at the Ordina Open, but were unable to break serve from six opportunities in the one-hour and 44-minute match. Brunstrom and Rojer also failed to capitalise on three break point chances and were made to pay the price as Moodie and Norman clinched victory in the Match Tie-Break.
It is the second successive ATP World Tour title for the 30-year-old Moodie, who captured the Queen’s Club title last week in a debut pairing with Russian Mikhail Youzhny. The Durban native has now won six career tour-level titles, highlighted by claiming his lone Grand Slam crown at Wimbledon in 2005.