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Bracciali-Starace Win First Team Title In St. Petersburg

Bracciali, Starace© Getty ImagesDaniele Bracciali and Potito Starace celebrate after winning their first team title.

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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