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Gonzalez-Rettenmaier Capture Belgrade Title


Santiago Gonzalez, Travis Rettenmaier© Stevanovic/MilosavljevicBoth Santiago Gonzalez and Travis Rettenmaier were playing in their first ATP World Tour doubles finals.

In an all-unseeded doubles final Sunday at the Serbia Open 2010, Santiago Gonzalez and Travis Rettenmaier won their first ATP World Tour doubles title with a 7-6(6), 6-1 victory over Polish duo Tomasz Bednarek and Mateusz Kowalczyk.

As winners of the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament in Belgrade, Gonzalez and Rettenmaier received 250 ATP World Tour ranking points and €20,490, while runners-up Bednarek and Kowalczyk collected 150 points and shared €10,750 in prize money. All four players were appearing in their first ATP World Tour doubles final.

"It feels great to win our first ATP World Tour title," said Rettenmaier. "I'm hoping for more titles to come in the future."

Mexican Gonzalez and Rettenmaier of the United States countered losing their own serve twice by capitalising on four of seven break point chances to prevail in 70 minutes. In the semi-finals they had defeated top seeds and 2009 runners-up Johan Brunstrom and Jean-Julien Rojer.

"We had a beautiful week here," said Gonzalez. "Both the tournament and the city are great. I'm very happy and will come back next year."

The 27-year-old Gonzalez and Rettenmaier, 26, were playing just their second tour-level tournament together. However they have won one ATP Challenger Tour title together, triumphing in Quito, Ecuador last year.


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