INTERNAZIONALI BNL D'ITALIA 2013
Bryans Capture 88th Team Title; Sixth Crown Of 2013
by ATP Staff|
The top-seeded American twins defeated sixth-seeded Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna 6-2, 6-3 to lift their third title at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The final lasted 52 minutes.
The Bryans received €155,400 in prize money and earned 1,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points. Bhupathi and Bopanna, who drop to 2-6 in finals as a team, shared €76,060 and 600 points.
"We knew we needed to play very well to win this match and I thought we put in a very strong performance," said Bob Bryan. "We're obviously very pleased with the way the last couple weeks have gone and are hoping to carry this momentum into Paris."
The Bryans lost just four of their service points in the 24-minute opening set, when they converted two of their four break point opportunities. They lost five points on serve in the second set, breaking in the eighth game, to improve to a 34-6 record on the season.
They are 24-17 overall in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals.
"It's great to see Hesh and Bops playing together again especially after their strong finish last season," said Bob Bryan. "They're great for doubles and we know we'll be playing the Indian Express again in big matches this year."
The 38-year-old Bhupathi dropped to 52-45 lifetime in tour-level finals (16-13 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals. He won the Rome title in 1999 (w/Paes) and 2004 (w/Mirnyi). Bopanna, 33, fell to 8-17 in title matches (2-3 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals).
Both the Bryans and Bhupathi and Bopanna came through Match tie-break wins in the semi-finals. The Bryans beat fifth seeds Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau 6-4, 6-7(2), 10-3 and Bhupathi and Bopanna beat Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky 1-6, 6-4, 10-6.