WHAT HAPPENED: In the first championship match of the tournament, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau won the pair's second career Grand Slam men's doubles title with a convincing 6-4, 6-3 win over the Spanish team of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez on Friday.
Winners of the 2015 Wimbledon men's doubles title, Rojer of the Netherlands and Tecau of Romania added to the Spanish drought in men's double with a dominating performance. Spanish teams have been runners-up at the Open now three times since 2014. Last year Pablo Careno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez lost in the final and in 2014 it was Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez were the last all-Spanish team to win the title in 1988.
The winning team split $675,000, the losers collected $340,000.
Those fans who came out several hours before the start of the men's semfinal matches and were invited to sit in the lower bowl of Arthur Ashe Stadium were treated to a highly entertaining and spirited 1 hour, 26 minute contest between the four close friends.
Seeded No. 12, Rojer and Tecau controlled most of the points with an aggressive style of play. They attacked on every occassion possible, taking the net away to hit winning volleys and go high in the air to put away overheads.
Rojer and Tecau finished with 41 winners against just seven errors, an overwhelming margin for any match.
The difference, as always in doubles, was service-break chances. Roijer and Recau had five for the match, converting three. In the opening set they broke Marc Lopez in the eighth game to even the set at 4-4 and then closed out the set by breaking Feliciano Lopez.
In the final set, Marc Lopez was broken to go down 1-3.
The No. 11-seeded Spanish team went 1-for-6 on break points.
"We didn't take advantage of the chances on their serve and they took advantage of their chances, " said Feliciano Lopez.
In the last set the Spaniards had break-point chances in the third game against Rojer and two more in the fifth game against Tecau.
Tecau had to battle hard to hold his serve in the last game. He jumped out to a 40-0 lead and triple match point. Tecau netted a half volley on the first. Feliciano Lopez cracked a froehand service winner on the second. Finally on the third, Rojer angled away a backand volley winner.
"it has been a great two weeks, " Rojer said of their championshi run, highlighted by successive wins over defending champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares and top-seeded Henri Kontinen anmd John Peers.
WHAT IT MEANS: The victory should just about assure Rojer-Tecau of a spot in the eight-team season-ending doubles field in the ATP Finals in London in November. The Spaniards, however, still have some work to do as they started the match 10th in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race to London.
MATCH POINT: It is twelve months away but looking ahead to the 2018 US Open, can the champion pair be the first to successfully defend their US Open doubles crown since the "Woodies"-- Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde-- did so in 1995-96?