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Cermak/Mertinak Win Seventh Team Title

Moscow 2012

Mertinak, Cermak© Kremlin Cup/R. MaksimovMichal Mertinak and Frantisek Cermak triumphed in Moscow.

Top seeds Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak defeated Italians Simone Bolelli and Daniele Bracciali 7-5, 6-3 in 76 minutes on Saturday to capture the Kremlin Cup title in Moscow.

It was their seventh ATP World Tour team title. They are now 7-3 together on the year. Cermak is now 13-9 lifetime in title matches, while Mertinak improves to 29-20 in finals.

"I am very happy to have won today," said Mertinak. "It was important to me, because I didn’t play well when we last played here.

"We played well all week. In the second round we got a little lucky [against Ivo Karlovic and Frank Moser], but still won and overall I am happy."

Cermak and Mertinak, who also reached the 2009 final, received $36,950 in prize money and earned 250 ATP Doubles Team Rankings Race To London points. Bolelli and Bracciali split $19,410 and 150 points.

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