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Peya/Soares Triumph In Sao Paulo

Doubles 2013

Soares, Peya© Inovafoto/Brasil Open 2013Bruno Soares and Alexander Peya won their fourth team title.

Second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares captured their fourth ATP World Tour team title on Sunday as they edged third seeds Frantisek Cermak and Michal Mertinak 6-7(5), 6-2, 10-7 in the final of the Brasil Open 2013 in Sao Paulo.

"It was an amazing feeling," said Soares. "The people in Brazil, they really like to cheer you on. For me, it's very special, being Brazilian, to play well this week. It's the only chance I get to play at home. Being able to have a good week and a great result is fantastic. The atmosphere on court was amazing."

Peya added, "We played a very good match from the beginning; I think we could have won the first set. We had a couple of break points and they came up with some really good points. But even after the first set, we had a good feeling. We got off to a good start and then it was one-way traffic for a little while."

Peya and Soares have compiled a 24-6 match record since making their team debut in Bastad last year, where they reached the final (l. to Lindstedt/Tecau). They finished the 2012 season in strong form, winning three titles in their last five tournaments.

The 30-year-old Soares retained the Sao Paulo title, having triumphed last year with Eric Butorac. The Brazilian clinched his second ATP World Tour title of the season, having opened his campaign with victory at the Heineken Open in Auckland (w/ Fleming). He improved to a 12-9 finals record.

The 32-year-old Peya won his sixth ATP World Tour title and second on clay, having previously won the Hamburg title with Oliver Marach in 2011.

Cermak and Mertinak were playing their 10th ATP World Tour final together and dropped to a 7-3 mark. Their last title came at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow (d. Bolelli/Bracciali) last year. The 33-year-old Mertinak also lost out in the Sao Paulo final last year, finishing runner-up with Andre Sa.

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