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Peya/Soares Fight Back To Lift Kuala Lumpur Trophy

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Doubles finalists© Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2012Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares (right) won their first ATP World Tour team title in Kuala Lumpur.

Third seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares won their first ATP World Tour team title on Sunday at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur.

The Austrian-Brazilian duo defeated Britons Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 5-7, 7-5, 10-7 in one hour and 44 minutes. They also finished runners up at the SkiStar Swedish Open at Bastad (l. to Lindstedt-Tecau) in July.

Peya, who improved to 3-8 in ATP World Tour title matches, and Soares – who is 7-9 in title matches – split $46,620 in prize money and earned 250 ATP Doubles Rankings points.

"It feels very nice," said Soares. "Every title is very good, really special; a different story and different atmosphere. It is only our fourth tournament, so it feels really good. This week was special, because we felt we were playing better with each match."

Peya said, "We are starting to click more as a team, also on our off days as we work on our games. It paid off this week. We enjoyed the tournament a lot, it was a lot of fun."

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After Fleming and Hutchins took a 1-0 lead in the first set, there were four straight breaks of serve. The duo broke Soares in the 12th game to clinch the 48-minute opener.

The second set went with serve to 5-5, when Fleming was broken to love – finishing with a double fault. Peya and Soares then converted their third set point, having won 83 per cent of their service points, and then took control of the tie-break to seal victory.

Fleming and Hutchins won the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in February and the AEGON International at Eastbourne in June.

Fleming and Hutchins received $24,500 and 150 points. Fleming is now 5-4 and Hutchins 5-8 in finals.

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