Prieto-Zeballos Win First Team Title
ATP World Tour 2010 - Week Seven
by ATP Staff|
Argentine duo Sebastian Prieto and Horacio Zeballos won their first ATP World Tour team title Sunday at the Copa Telmex as they defeated German-Australian pairing Simon Greul and Peter Luczak 7-6(4), 6-3 in the final of the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament in Buenos Aires.
The champions received 250 ATP World Tour Ranking points and $26,040, while runners-up Greul and Luczak earned 130 points and $13,690 in prize money.
“I am very happy to win the title in Buenos Aires in front of my family, friends and fans,” said Zeballos. “It just makes it extra special to win a title on the center court of the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. It is a very special moment for me.”
Prieto and Zeballos, who dropped only one set during the week, were playing just their second ATP World Tour-level tournament together. Last year they enjoyed huge success on the ATP Challenger Tour, winning four titles in South America.
Buenos Aires native Prieto was contesting the final at his hometown tournament for the fifth time and lifted the trophy for the third time, having previously triumphed in 2003 (w/Hood) and 2007 (w/Garcia).
“It is incredible to win a title in Buenos Aires again,” said Prieto. “I’ve played this tournament every year and been to the finals five times. It feels great to win my third title here. It was a long week; we played tough matches and with Zeballos doing well in singles as well, it made it extra difficult. We are just very happy with the week.”
Breaks were exchanged in a close first set before Prieto and Zeballos edged the subsequent tie-break. The Argentine team raced to a 5-2 lead in the second set but could not close out the match at the first time of asking as their opponents recovered one of the two service breaks. However, the fourth seeds immediately broke serve for the fourth time in the match to seal victory after 84 minutes.
The 34-year-old Prieto won his 10th ATP World Tour title – all have come on outdoor clay – and his first since triumphing at the Movistar Open with Jose Acasuso in 2008. Zeballos, aged 24, won his first ATP World Tour doubles title after finishing runner-up in his first final effort two weeks ago with Potito Starace at the Movistar Open in Santiago.
Greul and Luczak teamed together for the first time at the start of the Latin American “Golden Swing” in Santiago and were contesting their first final together after two quarter-final exits in the past two weeks. They upset top seeds Pablo Cuevas and Marcel Granollers in the quarter-finals and received a walkover through to the final when David Ferrer and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo withdrew in the semi-finals with Ferrer citing fatigue.