BET-AT-HOME OPEN - GERMAN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
"Polish Power" Fight To Win Hamburg Doubles Crown
by ATP Staff|
The "Polish Power" recorded their 299th match win after a 3-6, 6-1, 10-8 victory over second seed Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the bet-at-home Open - German Tennis Championships final, which lasted 76 minutes.
They improved to 14-22 in tour-level finals after lifting their first trophy since May 2012 at the Mutua Madrid Open.
Fyrstenberg and Matkowski received €78,360 in prize money and 500 Emirates ATP Ranking points.
Fyrstenberg, who suffered a back injury at Roland Garros, told ATPWorldTour.com, "We were a little bit lucky. We are very happy as in the past, when we have competed here we have won just two matches. So to win four in a row, especially after my injury, is great."
Matkowski told ATPWorldTour.com, "It is great, especially after Mariusz has been out for a while. We beat one of the hardest and best teams on tour in Alex and Bruno. It was very tight and we got a bit lucky at the end. You need luck to win tournaments and we’re very happy."
Peya and Soares lost six of their service points in the 33-minute first set, which included two breaks of serve in the third and ninth games. But Fyrstenberg and Matkowski bounced back by winning the first four game of the second set.
From 2-2 in the Match tie-break, the Poles won three straight points. The momentum was wrestled away as Peya and Soares, contesting their seventh final of the season, moved in to an 8-6 lead.
But Fyrstenberg and Matkowski responded for victory. The pair finished runners up at the Sony Open Tennis (l. to Qureshi-Rojer) in March.
Peya and Soares took home €35,360 and earned 300 Emirates ATP Ranking points.
They are now 3-3 in title match this year. Peya, 33, drops to 8-11 in finals, while Soares, 31, falls to 14-12.
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