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Bracciali-Starace Claim Bucharest Title

Starace, Bracciali© Raed KrishanStarace and Bracciali won their first team title of the year.

Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace edged Julian Knowle and David Marrero 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 in the final of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest to claim their second team title.

Knowle and Marrero served leading 6-5 in the final set match tie-break before the Italians turned the tide to take an 8-6 lead. The Roland Garros quarter-finalists held on to clinch the championship in one hour and 25 minutes, winning their first title together since hoisting the trophy in St. Petersburg last year. "Today the match turned in our way because of two points. Even if I'm more of a singles player winning a title is always a beautiful experience." said Starace.

"I arrived here really tired after the Davis Cup in Chile. But I didn't want to withdraw because of my partner Daniele Bracciali and since I thought we had a chance to win our first round I tried my best and it worked. After that I still wasn't a 100 per cent because of the long trip but we played well."

The title gives Bracciali his third of the season with three different partners, after triumphs in 's-Hertogenbosch with Frantisek Cermak and Kitzbühel with Santiago Gonzalez. Starace is in the winner’s circle for the first time this year. Both notched their fifth career titles.

Knowle fell to a 13-16 doubles final record with the loss, while Marrero dropped to a 2-3 mark.

At the Moselle Open in Metz, Jamie Murray and Andre Sa reached the final with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Kenny De Schepper and Arnaud Clement.

Murray and Sa won 75 per cent of their service points and broke the Frenchmen three times to lock up the win in one hour and 13 minutes. In the final, the two will face No. 2 seeds Lukas Dlouhy and Marcelo Melo.

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