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Brunstrom-Nieminen Capture Gstaad Crown

Brunstrom, Nieminen© Christian PfanderJohan Brunstrom and Jarkko Nieminen won the Gstaad title on their debut team outing.

Scandinavian duo Johan Brunstrom and Jarkko Nieminen won their first ATP World Tour doubles title together Sunday at the Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad when they defeated fourth-seeded Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares 6-3, 6-7(4), 11-9 in the final of the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tennis tournament.

The unseeded duo earned 250 ATP World Tour ranking points and €21,650, while runners-up Melo and Soares received 150 points and €11,360 in prize money.

The Swedish-Finnish team, who ousted top seeds Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman in the semi-finals on Friday, sealed victory in the Match Tie-break in one hour and 28 minutes. They saved seven of eight break points and broke serve three times from the six opportunities they created.

The 30-year-old Brunstrom won his first ATP World Tour doubles title at the seventh attempt, having finished runner-up in six finals during the past two years. Nieminen, 29, captured his second title in his fourth final; he also triumphed in 2007 in Mumbai with Robert Lindstedt.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” declared Brunstrom. “It was my seventh final and the way we won it…it was an unbelievable point and just an incredible feeling. I’ve been a good friend of Jarkko’s for a long time. It was the first time we ever played together after talking about it many times. Now, when we finally played, we played unbelievably together.

“They are a very tough team and they played well. We knew it was going to come down to a few points here and there. We tried to stay in every point and did our best," added the Swede.

Melo and Soares were contesting their third ATP World Tour doubles final together and dropped to a 1-2 record. They finished runners-up at Auckland (l. to Daniell-Tecau) at the start of the season and won their first team title on clay in Nice (d. Bopanna-Qureshi) in May.

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