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Poles Back From The Brink To Triumph In Barcelona

Doubles 2012

Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski saved three match points to triumph at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on Sunday. The fourth seeds rallied from a set down to edge Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 2-6, 7-6(7), 10-8.

Fyrstenberg and Matkowski had needed Match Tie-breaks to win all three of their rounds en route to the final, including a semi-final win over No. 2 seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor on Saturday. After saving three match points in the second set tie-break of the final, they clinched a tight victory in one hour and 57 minutes, having saved all six break points they faced.

"We hadn’t won a title in our last seven finals," said Matkowski. "We were very lucky I’d say in the final. Granollers and Lopez played a very good match, but couldn’t finish it. We fought hard and in the end it paid off by winning. The whole week’s been like this for us, very lucky. But we played some good quality tennis, especially in the semi-finals against Mirnyi and Nestor, and today we got lucky and won."

It was a case of third time lucky for Fyrstenberg and Matkowski in the final of this ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tennis tournament. They finished runners-up in 2006 (l. to Knowles/Nestor) and 2008 (l. to Bryans).

The Poles, who are currently eighth in the ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race To London, captured their 12th ATP World Tour team title and their first of the season after a runner-up showing in Dubai (l. to Bhupathi/Bopanna).

The unseeded pairing of Granollers and Lopez were contesting their fourth ATP World Tour doubles final together and dropped to a 0-4 record. They had knocked out three seeded teams to reach the final.

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