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Malisse/Moser Hold Off Aussies For San Jose Crown

Doubles 2013

Malisse, Moser© Ron Angle/SAP OpenXavier Malisse and Frank Moser won their first team title.

Fourth seeds Xavier Malisse and Frank Moser held off Lleyton Hewitt and Marinko Matosevic 6-0, 6-7(5), 10-4 to win their first team title at the SAP Open in San Jose on Sunday.

The Belgian/German duo led 6-0, 4-0 before Hewitt and Matosevic ignited a comeback to take the second set. But Malisse and Moser regrouped in the decisive match tie-break to prevail in one hour and 26 minutes.

“We couldn't do anything wrong until 4-0 in the second set. Everything was going well,” said Malisse. “I knew it was an important game when I lost my serve. They started playing better and making a lot of returns. Luck turned a little bit to their side, so it can go quickly. But we fought hard. I’ve had some good times here, so it’s been a nice ride.”

Malisse successfully retained the title, having triumphed in 2012 with Mark Knowles. He improved to 9-4 in tour-level title matches. Moser won his first ATP World Tour crown on his fourth attempt. The 36 year old finished runner-up to Malisse and Knowles with Kevin Anderson last year.

“It feels so nice. I was having so much fun playing with Xavier,” Moser said. “I'm just really happy. I lost three times [in a final before] and I didn't want to lose another one.”

Hewitt was bidding to win his first doubles trophy since capturing the 2000 US Open with Max Mirnyi. Matosevic was contesting his first ATP World Tour doubles final. The Australians knocked off top-ranked pair Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the quarter-finals.

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