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Spaniards Capture Auckland Crown


Granollers, Robredo© Getty ImagesMarcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo won their second ATP World Tour team title.

At the Heineken Open in Auckland, second seeds Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo won their second ATP World Tour team title with a 6-4, 7-6(6) victory over Swedish-Australian duo Johan Brunstrom and Stephen Huss on Saturday.

It marked a Spanish clean sweep at the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tennis tournament, with David Ferrer winning the singles title.

Granollers and Robredo lost serve three times, but were able to counter with four breaks of their opponents’ serve to clinch victory in one hour and 31 minutes. They lost only one set in four matches this week, needing three sets to overcome Pablo Cuevas and Juan Monaco in the first round.

The Spaniards were contesting their fourth ATP World Tour doubles final together, having reached their first three in 2009. Their first title came on clay at Costa do Sauipe, followed by runner-up showings at Valencia and the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Paris-Bercy.

The unseeded pairing of Brunstrom and Huss had advanced to their first final together without the loss of a set. The 30-year-old Brunstrom dropped to a 1-8 record in ATP World Tour finals, while the 35-year-old Huss slipped to a 4-8 mark.

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