STOCKHOLM - Top seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer boosted their chance of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday as they captured their second title of the season. The Pakistani-Dutch duo defeated Swedes Jonas Bjorkman and Robert Lindstedt 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the If Stockholm Open.
Qureshi and Rojer started the week at seventh in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, with the top eight teams set to qualify for the season finale in London next month. Qureshi and Rojer are looking to qualify for the second year in a row.
The 41-year-old Bjorkman was contesting his first tournament in nearly five years this week as he came out of retirement in a bid to win the Stockholm title for the fourth time with as many partners. He had first reached the Stockholm final 19 years ago in 1994 and dropped to a 54-43 finals record.
Qureshi and Rojer won the title without dropping a set, breaking serve four times in the final as they prevailed in 63 minutes. They added to their success at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Miami in April.
The 33-year-old Qureshi improved to a 9-10 finals record, while Rojer, 31, also picked up his ninth ATP World Tour title. Lindstedt lost in the Stockholm final for the second year in a row. The 36-year-old Sundbyberg native finished runner-up last year with Nenad Zimonjic.