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Fleming-Hutchins Win St. Petersburg Open

Fleming, Hutchins© St. Petersburg OpenColin Fleming and Ross Hutchins won their first team title on Sunday.

Third seeds Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins edged wild cards Mikhail Elgin and Alexander Kudryavtsev 6-3, 6-7(5), 10-8 to win their first team title Sunday at the St. Petersburg Open.

Both teams protected their serves well, as Fleming and Hutchins saved seven of eight break points they faced, while the Russians were broken twice in eight opportunities. In the Match Tie-break, the British pair served out the victory at 9-8 in their first final together, taking the encounter in one hour and 51 minutes. "It's a fantastic day for us," Hutchins said.

"We've played Alexander and Mikhail about four times in the past 12 months, and all were very close matches, so we knew they would play very well and bring a high level. They're good tennis players so it was a tough match and we're happy to get this one."

The win gives Fleming and Hutchins their third title each. Fleming triumphed in St. Petersburg and Metz two years ago with Ken Skupski, whereas Hutchins won crowns in Montpellier last year and Beijing in 2008 with Stephen Huss. Their best previous results of the season were semi-final showings in Eastbourne, Atlanta and Metz. The two also reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open. "We're very happy to win and be the champions of St. Petersburg this year...  It's really quite big for us," said Fleming. "It's a nice tournament and a great city, so we love to come and play here."

Elgin and Kudryavtsev were both appearing in their first ATP World Tour final.

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