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Chardy-Gicquel Take Brisbane International Title

ATP World Tour 2010 - Week One

Marc Gicquel, Jeremy Chardy© Getty ImagesChardy (right) was playing with Gicquel for only the second time at Tour-level.

For the second year in a row Marc Gicquel has partnered a fellow Frenchman to win the Brisbane International doubles title.

The 32-year-old collected his third career ATP World Tour doubles trophy on Sunday, teaming with Jeremy Chardy to upset No. 1 seeds Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes in the final, 6-3, 7-6(5).

Playing together for only the second time at Tour-level - having lost first round at Roland Garros last year - Gicquel and Chardy defeated No. 2 seeds Julian Knowle and Robert Lindstedt in the first round and the all-star duo of James Blake and Andy Roddick in the semi-finals (saving one match point).

Gicquel won the 2009 Brisbane International doubles title with compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

"It was a great week for us together," said Gicquel. "We didn't have a good start in the first round but we played very well against Berdych and Stepanek in the quarter-finals and then yesterday against Blake and Roddick.

"Today it wasn't our best match but I'm happy we won in two sets and didn't have to play a super tie-break. I hope to come back again next year to defend my title."

It was 22-year-old Chardy's first ATP World Tour doubles title, having won his first singles title last year in Stuttgart.

"I'm so happy - it's my first doubles title and I had a good week with my friend, Marc," added Chardy.

Chardy and Gicquel plan to continue their partnership next week in Auckland, then at the Australian Open and onto the American swing.

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