Austrian Duo Marach/Oswald Prevail In Gstaad
Marach and Oswald defeated Jonathan Eysseric and Franko Skugor 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 after one hour and 27 minutes, saving four of five break points. It was their second title together and first on the ATP World Tour, having lifted the trophy at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Aix-en-Provence, France, last year.
"This is probably the most beautiful victory of my career," said Oswald. "So close to home and with my family in the stands it feels very special."
Individually, 37-year-old Marach, who finished runner-up in Gstaad in 2015 (w/Qureshi), earned his 16th tour-level title and first in four finals this year. He is in fine form after reaching the Wimbledon final with Mate Pavic earlier this month. For 31-year-old Oswald, it was a fifth career ATP World Tour title and second of the 2017 season, following his victory with James Cerretani in Quito.
"We had almost lost and then we came back into the match and played some amazing points during the match tie-break," said Marach. "I want to thank Philipp for an amazing week here in Gstaad."
The Austrian tandem split €26,110 in prize money and earn 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points. They are the first players from their country to win the doubles title in Gstaad in the tournament's 50 years.
Eysseric and Skugor were contesting their first team final on the ATP World Tour. Individually, it was the Frenchman's first title match and the Croatian's second, having finished runners-up with Dusan Lajovic in Umag in 2014.