VALENCIA OPEN 500
Peya/Soares Save 4 M.P. To Retain Valencia Crown
by ATP Staff|
In a battle of No. 1 against No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, Alexander Peya and Brunos Soares upset Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan by the slimmest of margins, 6-7(3), 7-6(1), 13-11, in the final of the Valencia Open 500.
Peya and Soares successfully defended their Valencia title with their backs against the wall, saving four match points in the Match tie-break. They converted on the second championship point of their own, after one hour and 46 minutes, for the victory.
Both teams remained on serve until 5-5 in the first set, when the Bryans were broken at love. The top-ranked Americans would proceed to break back immediately, however, forcing a tie-break. Peya and Soares took a 3-0 lead and clinched the set on their third set point after 48 minutes.
After neither team could break serve in the second set, eventually snatched by the Bryans in a tie-break, the match was decided in a Match tie-break. The 35-year-old California natives held match points at 9-6 and again at 11-10 but were unable to capitalise. Peya and Soares needed just two of their own to claim victory.
"At the end, when you're down 9-6 with Bob serving, the chances are not big you're going to turn it around," Peya said. "We managed to hang in there and we're standing here with the trophy. [We're] very, very happy."
It was the Austrian-Brazilian duo's first win of the year over the top-ranked Bryans, having fallen in the four previous encounters in 2013. The Bryans, who took home the trophy in Valencia in 2011, were denied their 11th title of the year. In their three defeats in finals this year, they held match points in the Match tie-breaks of each.
Peya and Soares claimed $106,350 and 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points with the title, their fifth of the season. The tandem has now won titles on grass, outdoor clay, indoor clay, outdoor hard and indoor hard courts in 2013, adding to their crowns in Sao Paulo, Barcelona, Eastbourne and Montreal.