Sharko-o Cartilage

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 /by

In a post  yesterday, I appealed to Greg Sharko of the ATP Tour to let us know when the two singles finalists in a tournament also figured as opponents in the doubles final (as did Roger Federer and Marat Safin at Queens Club last Sunday; Federer won both encounters). The answer is April 9, 1995, when Martin Sinner of Germany defeated Guillaume Raoux of France in Johannesburg, with Raoux then teaming with Rodolphe Gilbert to beat Sinner and Joost Winnink in the doubles.

But get this: the last player to beat the same singles opponent in the doubles final was, like Federer, a Swiss – Jakob Hlasek. His victim in the two Basel finals of 1991: John McEnroe (who was teamed with Petr Korda).

The weird part: Hlasek’s partner in the final was Patrick McEnroe.

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