AEGON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
Peya/Soares Capture Queen's Doubles Crown
The Queen's Club, London, England
by ATP Staff|
Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares captured their ninth ATP World Tour team title on Sunday as they edged home favourite Jamie Murray and his Australian partner John Peers 4-6, 7-6(4), 10-4 in the final of the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club.
Peya and Soares lifted their first trophy of the season, having missed out in the finals at Doha (l. to Berdych/Hajek), Auckland (l. to Knowle/Melo) and Indian Wells (l. to Bryans). The Austrian/Brazilian duo won five titles last year en route to qualifying for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time.
Second seeds Peya and Soares made up for the final disappointment they suffered at this ATP World Tour 250 grass-court tournament last year, when they were beaten in the final by Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.
Peya and Soares dropped serve once to surrender the opener, but held their nerve in the second set tie-break and the match decider to claim victory in one hour and 37 minutes. The 33-year-old Peya won his 11th ATP World Tour title, while the 32-year-old Soares collected his 17th.
"It was a very tough match, very close," said Soares. "Murray and Peers were serving pretty good. They didn't give us many chances on their serve. We managed to hang in there. We had a couple of crucial no-Ad points at the start of the second set that we managed to hold. At the end, we played some great points in both breakers. It was good to take the lead early on and manage to keep that all the way."
Murray and Peers had beaten the Bryans, the defending champions, in the second round en route to reaching their second ATP World Tour final of the season. They had clinched their fourth team title on clay in Munich last month (d. Fleming/Hutchins).
Murray was hoping to become the first British doubles winner at The Queen’s Club since Jeremy Bates teamed up with American Kevin Curren in 1990. The Scot dropped to an 11-7 finals record, while Peers has a 4-2 mark.
"We played a good match," said Murray. "We didn't lose serve. We just obviously didn't quite get it done at the end. Overall it was a great week for us. I don't think we could have done much more today. It's just the way it goes."
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