DOUBLES NEWS 2011
Bracciali-Cermak Capture First Team Title In 's-Hertogenbosch
ATP World Tour 2011 Season: Week 24
by ATP Staff|
The unseeded Italian-Czech duo came through a rain-delayed encounter to defeat defending champions Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau 6-3, 2-6, 10-8 in the final of the ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tennis tournament in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
"This is only the second tournament that we've played together," said Bracciali. "We played a very good week and beat tough opponents today in the final."
Bracciali and Cermak had only dropped one set en route to the final, including a straight-sets quarter-final win over third seeds Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer. The final was split at one-set-all when a lengthy rain shower interrupted proceedings, but they held their nerve at the resumption to claim victory in the deciding Match Tie-break after 69 minutes of play.
"Every match on grass is close. So I'm very happy that we managed to win this one today," reflected Cermak.
The 34-year-old Cermak, who went into the clash with more ATP World Tour doubles titles and finals than the other three players combined, clinched his 24th trophy (24-16 record). It was his second title of the season after victory in Belgrade with Filip Polasek. The 33-year-old Bracciali was contesting his fifth ATP World Tour doubles title and improved to a 3-2 record.
Second seeds Lindstedt and Tecau won the ‘s-Hertogenbosch title last year with victory over Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes, and two weeks later they finished runners-up at Wimbledon (l. to Melzer-Petzschner). They dropped to a 5-3 record in tour-level finals together.