BB&T Atlanta Open
After winning the Newport title last year in their debut, Aussie Matthew Ebden and American Ryan Harrison captured their second doubles title together after defeating Xavier Malisse of Belgium and American Michael Russell 6-3, 3-6, 10-6. "I couldn't be more fired up. Whether I won singles, doubles, or triples, it's very exciting for me," said Harrison.
Ebden, who won the title with Alex Bogomolov Jr. last year, moves to 3-1 in ATP World Tour finals. Harrison is a perfect 2-2 in finals with Ebden. The team is now 12-3 in five tournaments together. Their chemistry proved to be the key for the dynamic duo, playing for only the second time together. "Ryan and I have become extremely good friends on tour. We think alike and communicate extremely well," said Ebden.
The two doubles teams entertained the crowd with serves that painted the lines, incredible reflex volleys and powerful groundstrokes. "We were confident we would come through after losing that second set. The more we played, the more we gelled," said Ebden.
With the Olympics right around the corner, Harrison never thought about throwing in the towel after losing early on in singles. "Matt is one of my best friends, I was excited to play with him. Once I lost in singles it was a really good opportunity. I could use it as a prep for the Olympics," said Harrison.
Malisse moves to 7-4 in doubles finals, and Russell moves to 0-1. This tournament was a success compared to the duo's only other appearance together which was a first round loss in Houston.