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Brunstrom/Monroe Fight Back To Clinch Bastad Crown

Bastad, Sweden

Brunstrom, Monroe© SkiStar Swedish OpenJohan Brunstrom and Nicholas Monroe complete a comeback win in the Bastad doubles final.

Fourth seeds Johan Brunstrom and Nicholas Monroe lifted the SkiStar Swedish Open doubles title on Sunday with a 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-7 victory over Jeremy Chardy and Oliver Marach in one hour and 45 minutes. The final was scheduled to begin at 12 noon local time, but due to heavy rainfall did not start until shortly after 7 p.m.

"It's very special," said Brunstrom. "It's a fantastic feeling to win on my home court, in front of my friends and family, to share it with all of them."   

Brunstrom improved to a 5-13 record in ATP World Tour finals. He won the Aircel Chennai Open title with Frederik Nielsen in January. Monroe, who is now 2-2 in finals, captured the Bastad title for the second straight year. In 2013, he partnered Simon Stadler to victory over Carlos Berlocq and Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

"To get into the final is obviously the goal of every tournament," said Monroe. "It doesn't happen every week so we're definitely happy to be here and we're happy to put on some good tennis and come away with the win."

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Brunstrom and Monroe split €23,500 in prize money and earned 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points.

Marach was contesting his second final in Bastad. He finished runner-up with Christopher Kas in 2006, losing to Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Johansson. He is now 13-12 in title matches, while Chardy drops to a 2-5 finals mark. The finalists share €12,350 and pick up 150 points.

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