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Fleming/Hutchins Come Back To Clinch Eastbourne Crown

Doubles 2012

Hutchins, Fleming© Getty ImagesRoss Hutchins and Colin Fleming capture their team's third title.

Third seeds Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins captured the AEGON International title in an all-British final Friday in Eastbourne, defeating wild cards Jamie Delgado and Ken Skupski 6-4, 6-3.

It was their team’s third title, adding to the hard-court crowns they won last year in St. Petersburg and in March at Delray Beach.

“It's huge for our confidence going into Wimbledon, which is, for us, the biggest tournament, along with the Olympics, of the year,” said Hutchins. “We’re seeded 13. We’ve got some good singles players in the first round, but we’re feeling good. You can’t beat winning a tournament going into a Grand Slam.”

Fleming and Hutchins needed to rally from behind in their semi-final match, which was suspended at 7-6(3), 3-2 in favour of Matthew Ebden and Donald Young due to rain Thursday. They came back Friday morning to claim the 6-7(3), 6-4, 10-8 victory.

A few hours later, they returned to defeat first-time finalists Delgado and Skupski in one hour and 17 minutes, capitalising on three of their six break point opportunities.

“We hoped it would end like this, but it wasn't looking that likely,” said Hutchins. “We didn't play that great yesterday. It was difficult conditions. We were trying to get back on last night, and I guess it worked out well for us that the rain came and sort of gave us a little break.

“We thought about it, we discussed tactics last night, and came back and played well in the first match today. I think that helped us in the final, because we already had half a set and a Match Tie-break for the final going into it. I think that little bit of experience or just match tightness in the wind helped us a lot in the final.”

The pair had been sidelined for eight weeks with Hutchins ailing from a wrist injury and Fleming from a stress fracture in his leg, and returned to tour-level action last week at the Queen’s Club.

“Just a little unfortunate injury that came up and meant we missed the whole clay court season,” said Fleming. “It's nice to be back on court now and nice to be sitting here.”

At the UNICEF Open in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Dmitry Tursunov reached the final at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament by edging Germans Benjamin Becker and Philipp Petzschner 7-6(2), 7-6(4). Cabal and Tursunov, who are teaming up for the first time this week, will face top seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau for the title.

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