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Huss-Hutchins Capture Montpellier Crown

Hutchins, Huss© Getty ImagesRoss Hutchins and Stephen Huss won their second team title.

Australian Stephen Huss and Great Britain’s Ross Hutchins won their second career ATP World Tour team title Sunday as they upset fourth seeds Marc Lopez and Eduardo Schwank 6-2, 4-6, 10-7 in the final of the Open Sud de France.

The unseeded duo, who ousted top seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi in the quarter-finals, broke serve twice to claim the first set, but surrendered serve in the third game of the second set as Lopez and Schwank fought back to level the match.

The Spanish-Argentine tandem had won three straight Match Tie-breaks during the week, but their luck ran out in the final as Huss and Hutchins rallied from a 4-7 deficit to claim victory in 79 minutes.

"We were lucky I think," confessed Hutchins. "We had been playing well throughout the match, but we missed a few shots we shouldn’t have at the beginning of the Match Tie-break. We were able to come back and win.”

Huss and Hutchins improved to a 2-2 career mark in ATP World Tour finals, adding to their maiden title won in Beijing two years ago. Individually, the 34-year-old Huss won his fourth tour-level doubles title from 11 finals, while Hutchins, 25, captured his second career trophy.

“I really enjoy playing with Huss; he’s a good friend of mine," said Hutchins. "We had some ups and downs in our career but when we agreed to play this event, I had a good feeling about it."

"Great week," declared Huss. "It’s been a while since I won a title and to play with Ross is a lot of fun. I think the key today was to serve well. Both of these guys return really well and have great groundstrokes."

Lopez and Schwank were making their debut team appearance this week at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament in Montpellier. The 28-year-old Lopez had been bidding for his fourth title of the season, while Schwank, 24, was hoping to add to the trophy he won in Stuttgart in July.

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