OPEN DE NICE CÔTE D'AZUR
Brunstrom/Klaasen Win First Team Title In Nice
by ATP Staff|
Johan Brunstrom and Raven Klaasen won their first ATP World Tour doubles crown on Saturday as they defeated Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Open de Nice Côte d’Azur.
The Swedish/South African pairing were contesting their second final in five team appearances, having also finished runners-up at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier in February (l. to Gicquel/Llodra).
“It’s really good to prove that we can play well on the clay now before the French Open,” said Brunstrom. “It’s a final, so there was a little bit of tension. But we handled it well and actually came out playing some of our best tennis. We were extremely aggressive, got the early break and we kept the momentum for most of the match.”
In an all-unseeded final at the ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament, Brunstrom and Klaasen saved the four break points they faced and broke their opponents three times to prevail in 55 minutes.
World No. 55 Brunstrom improved to a 2-12 finals record, adding to the title he won with Jarkko Nieminen in Gstaad three years ago. The 33-year-old was contesting his third final of the season, having also finished runner-up with Frederik Nielsen in Auckland (l. to Fleming/Soares). World No. 63 Klaasen won his first ATP World Tour title.
“It’s very exciting,” said Klaasen. “We’ve been playing together for six or seven months now and we’ve been seeing improvements all the time. Now that we’ve actually won our first title, all the emotions come out. I’m very pleased to win my first title and we’re definitely getting better as a team.”