ROGERS CUP 2013
Peya/Soares Capture Montreal Crown
by ATP Staff|
Third seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares won their seventh ATP World Tour team title on Sunday as they held off Colin Fleming and Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6(4) for victory in the Coupe Rogers final in Montreal.
Peya and Soares won their first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, earning 1000 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and $169,500 in prize money.
"It feels very good," said Soares. "This was our second final in a Masters event. It was tough conditions, tough opponents. We played a solid match and we're very happy with the win."
The Austrian/Brazilian duo are currently second in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, with the top eight teams at the end of the regular season qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.
They have won four ATP World Tour titles in 2013, also triumphing at the Brasil Open 2013 in Sao Paulo (d. Cermak/Mertinak), the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (d. Lindstedt/Nestor) and the Aegon International in Eastbourne (d. Fleming/Marray).
Peya and Soares drew first blood in the final, breaking Murray for a 3-2 lead and ultimately clinching the opener. They then broke Fleming in the first game of the second set to earn a commanding 6-4, 4-2 lead.
The British duo fought back to level at 4-4, breaking Peya’s serve in the eighth game, and were denied a set point chance on Soares’ serve in the 10th game as the set went to a tie-break. Serving at 2-5, Fleming double faulted and Peya/Soares converted their third match point to prevail in one hour and 32 minutes.
"We played a solid match overall," said Peya. "We struggled a little bit in the middle of the second set and when we got close to the end. But I think we hung in there well and played overall a good match."
The 33-year-old Peya improved to a 9-11 finals record, while Soares, 31, captured his 15th ATP World Tour doubles crown.
Murray and Fleming were playing their first professional tournament together, having last teamed up at a 14U junior tournament in Swansea in August 1997, when Murray was 10 and Fleming was 13. They had beaten third seeds Leander Paes / Radek Stepanek, fifth seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi / Jean-Julien Rojer and sixth seeds Robert Lindstedt / Daniel Nestor to reach the final.
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