CLARO OPEN COLOMBIA 2014
Guccione Teams With Groth For Second Straight Title
by ATP Staff|
A week after triumphing with countryman Lleyton Hewitt on the grass of Newport, Guccione prevailed alongside fellow Australian Sam Groth 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 11-9 in Bogota, edging home favourites Nicolas Barrientos and Juan Sebastian Cabal. Guccione improved to 3-0 in tour-level doubles finals, triumphing with three different countrymen, while Groth claimed his maiden trophy.
"Feels good," said Guccione. "I'll be taking offers this time next year. I won a lot of Challengers this year, so it feels good to win a couple tour-level tournaments also."
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The third-seeded Aussie duo fired eight aces, winning 77 per cent of first serve points and saving all six break points faced for the victory in one hour and 48 minutes. The pair has enjoyed considerable success in 2014, adding to five ATP Challenger Tour crowns in Dallas, Leon, Shenzhen, Taipei City and Gimcheon.
"We won our last four Challengers together before Gooch decided to drop me for Lleyton for a few weeks," Groth joked. "First tournament back together. We combine really well and we serve really well. We have a lot of fun playing together and I think that's key.
"The people have been amazing. They've been so inviting and so welcoming. Everyone from the tournament has been fantastic and I can't wait to come back."
Cabal falls to 1-8 in title matches, with his lone crown coming alongside Robert Farah in Sao Paulo earlier this year. Barrientos was competing in his first final.