Re: JONAS BJORKMAN
Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
April 2, 2005 - Bjorkman-Mirnyi Capture First Title in Miami
Third seeds Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi captured their first title together after defeating defending champions Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami.
Bjorkman and Mirnyi took just 56 minutes to win the title, the first in Miami for Bjorkman and the second for Mirnyi, who won the doubles title with Roger Federer in 2003. Bjorkman was twice a runner-up at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park with Todd Woodbridge (2001, 2004).
It was the 38th career doubles for Bjorkman and the 21st for Mirnyi.
Black-Ullyett, the reigning Australian Open champions, were looking to claim their second title of the year. They also were attempting to become the first pair to successfully defend the Miami title since Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde won three consecutive titles between 1995-97.
Black was looking to claim his third title in Miami, having won with Sandon Stolle in 1999 and Ullyett last year.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID:
Mirnyi: "I guess it's a confirmation, a reassurance of us being somewhat a prominent team. It's good to be playing well and have good expectations, but it's the other thing of winning a major title like this one. So we've known each other for such a long time, but it's finally good to win one together.
Bjorkman: "It's sweet. Obviously, you always want to win every tournament, and I never won here before. Last year was the third time I was a runner?up, so obviously I was disappointed when I couldn't get through. So it's always sweet when you finally get a tournament like this one. This is a major tournament you want to win, so it's an extra special feeling, sort of.
"We got off to a good start. I mean, Kev and Wayne are having a good start of the year, so they've had a lot of confidence; we knew that. But they're a tough team, because they're very good front?runners. So we knew we had to sort of be sharp from the beginning. We got that first break, which was important, and then from that on we saw the ball very clear today. We didn't make too many unforced errors, and played very solid in our service games. So everything sort of clicked. Put all the things together well today and took advantage of our chances."
Bryans || Djokovic || Paire || Rojer || Tecau || Pospisil || Chiudinelli || Verdasco || Simon || Seppi || Leo Mayer
Björkman || Arthurs || Edberg || Nalbandian || Hanley || Rafter
T.Johansson || M.Norman || Aspelin || O. Rochus || Söderling