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Peya/Soares Win Sixth Team Title

Eastbourne, England

Doubles© Getty ImagesBruno Soares and Alexander Peya beat British pairing Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray in the final.

Top seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares won their sixth ATP World Tour team title on Friday at the Aegon International, beating fourth-seeded British pairing Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 in the final in Eastbourne.

Already second in the Race To London, Peya and Soares will earn another 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season will qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have already secured their place in the elite field.

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Peya and Soares captured their third title of the season with victory in 71 minutes. The Austrian/Brazilian duo rallied from a set down and crucially saved four break points in the second set before prevailing in the deciding Match Tie-break.

It was Peya and Soares’ 50th team win. They first joined forces 11 months ago with a runner-up showing in Bastad. Since then, they have captured titles in Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Valencia and this year in Sao Paulo and Barcelona. They opened their grass-court campaign last week with a runner-up showing at the Aegon Championships (l. to Bryans).

Fleming and Marray were chasing their first title together. Fleming was defending the Eastbourne title, having lifted the trophy with Ross Hutchins last year. Marray was contesting only his second tour-level doubles final. Together with Frederik Nielsen, he won the Wimbledon title last year.

"It was windy," said Fleming. "That's something you have to deal with. I think everyone dealt with it pretty well. It was a pretty good match. They pipped us at the end. I think it's a disappointing loss, but I think we are in good shape going into Wimbledon.

"It was a strong draw in the doubles, so it gives us a lot of confidence to have gone through to the final and almost won today. I think they are No. 2 in the race, so it was a really good team. I think we both have good attributes to play on grass. Both serve well and volley well, and we like to play attacking. The grass suits us."

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