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Bracciali-Gonzalez Win First Team Title

ATP World Tour 2011 Season: Week 31

Gonzalez, Bracciali© GEPA PicturesSantiago Gonzalez and Daniele Bracciali won their first title in just their second tournament together.

Fourth seeds Daniele Bracciali and Santiago Gonzalez captured their first ATP World Tour doubles title together on Saturday at the Bet-At-Home Cup Kitzbühel as they defeated Brazilians Franco Ferreiro and Andre Sa 7-6(1), 4-6, 11-9 in the final.

The Italian-Mexican pairing were only able to convert one of nine break point chances as the first two sets were split to force a deciding match tie-break. Ferreiro and Sa rallied from a 4-8 deficit and saved a match point at 8-9, but a clutch volley winner from Bracciali gave the fourth seeds a second match point chance at 10-9 and they clinched victory when Ferreiro made a forehand unforced error after one hour and 47 minutes.

"We played well every day. Today we knew it would be a difficult match against them, but I think we played at the same level and at the end we won the last two points," said Bracciali. "This time it went our way, and next time I hope it’s going to be for us also. It’s been a very good week for me, my first time here in Kitzbuhel."

Bracciali and Gonzalez made their team debut just last week in Umag, where they reached the semi-finals (l. to Bolelli-Fognini). The 33-year-old Bracciali won his fourth ATP World Tour doubles title, and his second of the season after teaming with Frantisek Cermak to triumph in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (d.Lindstedt-Tecau). Gonzalez, 28, also won his second title of the season – and third overall – after victory in Barcelona with Scott Lipsky (d. Bryans).

The unseeded Ferreiro and Sa were contesting their second ATP World Tour doubles final together and dropped to a 0-2 mark, having lost out to Oliver Marach and Leonardo Mayer in the Buenos Aires title match in February.

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