ATP World Tour Doubles - Week 43
Bracciali-Starace Win First Team Title In St. Petersburg
by ATP Staff|
Italians Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace won their first ATP World Tour doubles title together Sunday as they edged No. 2 seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 7-6(6), 7-6(5) in the final of the St. Petersburg Open.
Neither team was able to break serve in the one-hour, 36-minute clash, but Bracciali and Starace won the clutch points in the two tie-breaks to cap a perfect week, which had not seen them yield a single set.
The 32-year-old Bracciali won his second ATP World Tour doubles title, adding to the trophy he lifted in Milan (w/Galimberti) in 2005. Starace, 29, captured his fourth ATP World Tour doubles title and second in Russia, after triumphing in Moscow (w/Stakhovsky) two years ago.
Defeat dealt Bopanna and Qureshi their fifth successive defeat in a tour-level final. The Indo-Pak Express, who are battling to clinch one of the four remaining spots at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, dropped to a 1-5 record in tour-level finals this season, with their lone title coming in Johannesburg (d. Beck-Levy).
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