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Peya/Soares Retain Rogers Cup Crown

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Peya, Soares© Getty ImagesAlexander Peya and Bruno Soares won their 10th team title on Sunday.

Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares successfully defended their Rogers Cup crown, turning in a clinical performance against fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo on Sunday.

Peya and Soares needed just 64 minutes to wrap up the title 6-4, 6-3, their 10th as a team on the ATP World Tour. The Austrian-Brazilian tandem claimed their maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy last year in Montreal (d. Fleming/Murray). Individually, Peya won his 12th tour-level title in 30 finals, while Soares improved to 18-19 in title matches.

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"(It was) a lot of hard work," said Soares. "We managed to do everything right this week and from the beginning we didn't drop a set. We're serving really well, which is very important for our game and rest is just playing solid and staying very positive."

Soares also noted that it marked the first time two Brazilians competed in the final of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. "It's very special because in Brazil they really support the game of doubles and they appreciate everything we've been doing. Doing that with Marcelo, such a close friend, makes it even more special. We're really proud of what we're doing and hopefully we can do it many more times."

The winning duo converted on all three break points garnered, firing three aces and claiming 85 per cent of first serve points. Soares secured the initial break of serve for 3-2 in the first set with a smash winner, and it would not be long before the match was decided after a break in the third game of the second, when Melo netted a volley.

Peya and Soares, who strengthened their bid to return to The O2 for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, improved to 5-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Dodig and Melo, dropping just one set. They are the first team to win back-to-back titles in Canada since Bob Hewitt and Raul Ramirez in 1976-77.

"It was always our goal from the beginning of the year," said Peya about returning to London. "We've experienced it last year and when you experience it once you want to go back no matter what. We're in a good position. There's a lot of good tennis for us this year."

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