Rojer, Groenefeld win mixed doubles
PARIS -- Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany won the mixed doubles title at the French Open by defeating eighth-seeded Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Julia Goerges of Germany 4-6, 6-2, 10-7 on Thursday.
Rojer was playing his first Grand Slam final while Groenefeld won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon with Mark Knowles of the Bahamas in 2009.
"I gained a friend this week. I lost one, because I had to tell some other player that I'm not playing with her," Rojer said. "So I hope she understands, especially now. But I apologized like 18 times to her."
Rojer and Groenefeld were teaming up for the first time.
"Actually, I was asking around," Groenefeld said. "No one wanted to play with me, and then he said yes."
Zimonjic and Goerges took the opening set when the Serb hit a forehand return winner off Rojer's serve.
Rojer and Groenefeld evened the match as Goerges dropped serve twice in the second set. They won four straight points in the final-set champions tiebreaker to lead 5-2 before clinching the victory when Goerges netted a backhand volley.
"For Julia, it was difficult to get into the match. For sure, it was difficult because it was her first (major) final," Zimonjic said. "Anna-Lena, she has more experience. She played already finals at Wimbledon, so I'm sure that's what helped her a lot there."
Zimonjic won the mixed doubles title at the French Open in 2006 and 2010 with Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia.