BRASIL OPEN 2014
Garcia-Lopez/Oswald Save Three M.P. For Sao Paulo Title
Sao Paulo, Brazil
by ATP Staff|
The Austrian-Spanish duo of Philipp Oswald and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez saved three match points to cool off the red hot Colombian tandem of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the Brasil Open 2014 final.
Oswald and Garcia-Lopez prevailed 5-7, 6-4, 15-13 for their first team title in their fourth tournament together. Cabal and Farah surrendered a break lead in second set and had the match on their racquets at 13-12, the last of three match points in the Match Tie-break, but were unable to convert.
“It has been incredible," Oswald said. "It was an unbelievable week with Guillermo. We’ve played a lot of tennis now and it makes it easier for the next tournament.”
It was the 28-year-old Oswald’s first ATP World Tour title. Garcia-Lopez captured his second crown, having won in Doha four years ago with Albert Montanes. Oswald and Garcia-Lopez upset top seeds and defending champions Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the first round earlier in the week.
“It was from the first day, when we beat Bruno (Soares) and (Alexander) Peya, that we have been playing better and better with confidence," said Garcia-Lopez.
No. 2 seeds Cabal and Farah were denied consecutive ATP World Tour titles after winning in Rio de Janeiro last week (d. Marrero/Melo). They reached three finals during the Golden Swing in February, having also finished runners-up in Vina del Mar (l. to Marach/Mergea).