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Brown-Wassen Triumph In Metz

Wassen, Brown© Getty ImagesRogier Wassen and Dustin Brown only lost one set all week.

Dustin Brown and Rogier Wassen capped a dream ATP World Tour debut together Sunday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 2 seeds Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in the final of the Open de Moselle in Metz.

As champions of the ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tennis tournament, Brown and Wassen earned 250 ATP World Tour ranking points and €21,650, while runners-up Melo and Soares received 150 ranking points and shared €11,360 in prize money.

Jamaican Brown and Wassen of the Netherlands had played well together in four ATP Challenger Tour events this season, winning two titles, including last week in Szczecin. They carried their form into their first ATP World Tour outing and since losing the opening set in their first-round match, won six consecutive sets en route to the title, including victory over No. 2 seeds Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman in the semi-finals.

“I am so happy, this is my first ATP-level title. It feels great," said Brown. "I am happy I was able to convince Roger to come as we were the first alternate team. He was home three hours away, wanting to take some time off, and I managed to convince him. We recently won two Challengers so we had confidence and I must say we played good all week.”

The unseeded Brown and Wassen broke serve in the third and ninth games to secure a one-set advantage before racing to a 5-0 lead in the second set. Melo and Soares recouped one of the service breaks to reduce the deficit to 3-5, but Brown did not falter as he held serve to love to seal victory in 53 minutes.

The 25-year-old Brown was contesting his first ATP World Tour final, while Wassen, 34, won his fifth ATP World Tour doubles title from 10 finals. It was Wassen’s first title since July 2008 in Amersfoort (w/ Cermak).

“Being the first alternate team I really didn’t want to come to Metz," confessed Wassen. "I was home, planning on taking the week off, but I am so happy I ended up coming. Dustin and I have opposite personalities, opposite games and I think we complement each other very well on the court. It’s a pleasure to play with him and I look forward to continuing to play with him.”

Brazilians Melo and Soares were playing their fourth ATP World Tour doubles final together since joining forces full-time at the start of the season. They slipped to a 1-3 record, having won the title in Nice and finished runners-up in Auckland and Gstaad.

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