DOUBLES NEWS 2011
Bracciali-Gonzalez Win First Team Title
ATP World Tour 2011 Season: Week 31
by ATP Staff|
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.