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Brunstrom/Nielsen Emerge Victorious In Chennai

Chennai, India

Aircel Chennai Open© Aircel Chennai OpenFrederik Nielsen and Johan Brunstrom won their first doubles title together on Sunday in Chennai.

It was a clash of the old guard against a duo of youngsters in the Aircel Chennai Open final, as Johan Brunstrom and Frederik Nielsen prevailed over Marin Draganja and Mate Pavic on Sunday. The over-30 team of Brunstrom and Nielsen claimed the title 6-2, 4-6, 10-7 in a Match Tie-break. 

It was their first crown together in their third final, having previously advanced as far in Auckland last year and Metz in 2012. Brunstrom had three ATP World Tour doubles trophies to his name entering the final, including two last year in Metz and Nice, while partnering with Raven Klaasen. For Nielsen, it was the Dane's second career title, having triumphed on the hallowed lawns of Wimbledon two years ago.

“It’s a really good start for us,” said Nielsen. “Johan came off surgery in the winter and it’s been a while since we played together. We swapped sides before the season so we didn’t really know where we were going to stand this week. I think we played very well and complimented each other really well.

“All the years we played together and all the work we put in to try and find a good partnership paid off this week. We came through a tough tournament and played some good tennis. I managed to get my first title with Johan which is fantastic. He is a really good friend of mine and it’s a pleasure to share an experience with a really good friend.”

The Croatian tandem of Draganja and Pavic, meanwhile, were competing in their first final together. Pavic had fallen in two previous title matches at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors, in 2012 and 2013, alongside Marin Cilic.

“In the start of the season is tough to get a win right and get a good start so you are really into it and building up confidence into Australia,” added Brunstrom. “Like Frederik said, it just makes it so much more fun when you play with a good friend as well.”

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