ROYAL GUARD OPEN CHILE 2014
Mergea/Marach Claim Vina del Mar Doubles Crown
Viña del Mar, Chile
by ATP Staff|
Oliver Marach and Florin Mergea won their first ATP World Tour team title as they defeated the Colombian duo of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Royal Guard Open Chile in Vina del Mar.
Marach and Mergea won 83 per cent of first serve points and converted on four of 11 break point opportunities as they clinched victory in 69 minutes. The Austrian-Romanian tandem had toppled top seeds and 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals champions Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez in the semi-finals this week.
In 2013, they teamed for the first time and won ATP Challenger Tour titles in Rennes and Geneva.
The 33-year-old Marach won his 13th title and first in over two years. He has now triumphed on the ATP World Tour with seven different partners.
The Panama City native was thrilled to win the title so close to home. “I live not far away so for me it was perfect to prepare on clay here,” said Marach. “I’m always happy to win a [ATP World Tour] tournament. The first match we were match points down. We beat Granollers and Lopez. I hope it continues this year.”
Marach also stressed the importance of returning to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at year’s end. “If we play well we have a chance to play there. I’ve played it twice in London. It would be nice for Florin to play there and we will try our best and try to be very consistent.”
Mergea improved to 2-0 in ATP World Tour title matches, having also prevailed alongside Lukas Rosol in Vienna last year. "It's obviously my second title,” said the 29 year old. “Right now I am probably going to get into the Top 50 so it's a big step for me. It's a career best. We started the year really well."
The No. 2 seeds Cabal and Farah were contesting their third final and second of the year after finishing runners-up in Brisbane.
“I think the key was that they took the important points and that we did not take advantage of the opportunities,” said Cabal. “These things make a big difference when you play a final and when it is such a tight doubles match.”