Bagnis/Bellucci Save 1 M.P. To Win Stuttgart Doubles Title
by ATP Staff|
Facundo Bagnis and Thomaz Bellucci saved one match point to win their first ATP World Tour doubles title on Sunday at the MercedesCup.
The first-time pairing beat Tomasz Bednarek and Mateusz Kowalczyk 2-6, 6-4, 11-9 in 79 minutes. It was their third Match tie-break win in four matches this week.
Bagnis and Bellucci split €22,500 and 250 Emirates ATP Ranking points, while Bednarek and Kowalczyk share €11,830 and 150 Emirates ATP Ranking points.
"I am very happy and very surprised to have won in our first tournament together," Bellucci told ATPWorldTour.com. "We played well all week. We were very nervous at the net, but we played a little bit better. It is nice to have played a lot of matches in my first week since coming back."
Bagnis told ATPWorldTour.com, "It is amazing. I cannot believe it. Thank you to Thomaz for playing with me. It is great to have won my first title. It was amazing to beat the top seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez in the first round. Today’s final was so close, but we played very well."
Bagnis was playing just his second tour-level event and his first since February 2010 at the Copa Claro. "The tournament is amazing, the club, hotel, organisers and sponsors," added Bagnis. "I hope to be able to play more tournaments like this."
Bagnis and Bellucci opened up 3-1 and 6-3 leads in the Match tie-break before a tense end. They saved one match point at 8-9, before they converted their first chance.
Bednarek and Kowalczyk also finished runner-ups at 2010 Belgrade (l. to S. Gonzalez-Rettenmaier).