Zimonjic and Llodra save five match points to win Rotterdam trophy

Second seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic captured the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament trophy on Sunday, saving five match points to edge out No. 3 seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 4-6, 7-5, 16-14 in Rotterdam.

After splitting sets, the two teams battled it out for the championship in a gripping Match Tie-break. Both teams had several opportunities to clinch the final, before Llodra and Zimonjic converted on their fourth match point to prevail in one hour and 41 minutes. “I have no idea how we did it,” Zimonjic told ATPWorldTour.com.

They were controlling the match for a set and a half, playing really good, not giving us any chances on their serves. After a really good game, when we broke Lindstedt, we got back in the match. Then it was a rollercoaster, saving a lot of match points, so I’m really happy.

The French-Serbian pair are now 4-0 against Lindstedt and Tecau, defeating the duo for the third time in an ATP World Tour final. In similar fashion, Llodra and Zimonjic saved four match points against the Swede and Romanian to lift their first team title at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in 2011. “When we beat them in the Washington final, we thought that was crazy, but today it’s even better,” Llodra said. “It’s always good to win. It’s only our second tournament this year and we’ve already won a title.

They have now won five titles together since joining forces last season. “We fought until the end,” said Llodra. “It’s a great tournament for us. It’s always nice to win such a big event like this.