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Marrero/Verdasco Triumph In Umag For Third Title

Doubles 2012

Spaniards© ATP Vegeta Croatia Open UmagMarcel Granollers and Marc Lopez finished runner-up to Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero in an all-Spanish Umag final.

Third seeds David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco captured their third team title of the year Saturday, winning an all-Spanish final against top seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 7-6(4) at the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open.

"I am sad I didn't play my best tennis in the singles but very happy to have been able to come back and win this third title with David this year," said Verdasco. "We are a great team and even though we only are able to play a few events together, we are proving to be one of the best doubles teams."

Saving all five break points they faced and winning 80 per cent of their first serve points, Marrero and Verdasco clinched the trophy in 90 minutes to add to earlier season triumphs in Buenos Aires (d. Mertinak/Sa) and Acapulco, where they also topped Granollers and Lopez.

"I want to thank Fernando for playing this week with me because I really get to play my best tennis with him," Marrero said. "I know it's not easy to fit in his schedule and it's an honour every time we get to play together. We are playing together next week in Hamburg and I really hope we can keep up the results."

Marrero improved to a 5-5 in doubles finals while Verdasco claimed his fourth doubles crown in six title matches. Granollers and Lopez dropped to 1-3 final record this season, highlighted by winning the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Rome.

Jeremy Chardy and Lukasz Kubot reached their second ATP World Tour doubles final when they defeated Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-4, 6-4 in 76 minutes at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart.

Chardy and Kubot finished runners up as the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest (l. to Lindstedt-Tecau) in April. Chardy has a 1-4 record in ATP World Tour doubles finals, while Kubot is 6-7 in title matches. Kubot also reached the Internazionali BNL d'Italia at Rome (d. Tipsarevic) in May.

Michal Mertinak and Andre Sa improved to a 14-8 match record on the season after they lost 11 of their service points in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Martin Emmrich and Andre Sa in 69 minutes.

They will appear in their fourth ATP World Tour final of 2012, which includes runner up finishes at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires (l. to Marrero-Verdasco), at the Brasil Open 2012 in Sao Paulo (l. to Butorac-Soares) and the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (l. to Fleming-Hutchins).

At the SkiStar Swedish Open, top seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau booked their place in a third straight Bastad final.

The Swedish-Romanian team hit six aces and lost 10 points on their serves to defeat Paul Hanley and Julian Knowle 6-4, 6-3 in 74 minutes. They have an 8-9 record in tour-level finals, including three losses in the Wimbledon title match, and will play second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares on Sunday.

In Newport, second seeds Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins beat Treat Conrad Huey and Dominic Inglot 7-6(4), 6-4 to reach the final of the Campbell’s Hall Of Fame Tennis Championships. The British duo is seeking its third title of the season.

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