Kontinen/Peers Wins Third Title Of 2016 In Hamburg
Two service breaks prove to be enough to win
"It felt like a long week, much longer than usual," Kontinen told ATPWorldTour.com. "I felt pretty tired especially mentally coming in here. I just had to regroup and tried to make the most of it. I didn't think at the start of the week we'd be standing here on Sunday as the winners. But I'm very happy."
Competing in their 15th tournament of the 2016 ATP World Tour season, Kontinen and Peers have also won titles at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp (d. Duckworth/Guccione) and the BMW Open by FWU AG (d. Cabal/Farah). They split €93,140 in prize money and earned 500 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points by lifting the Hamburg crown.
There weren't any chances until the 12th game of the first set, when Kontinen and Peers broke to love to clinch the 38-minute opener. The Finnish-Australian team won a deciding deuce point for a 3-1 lead in the second set.
"It's good fun coming here straight after Wimbledon," Peers told ATPWorldTour.com. "They put on a great show and it's always good fun to get back on the clay after such an enjoyable grass-court season. They put up a really good fight and Henri and I had to hang in there. We started to get the momentum at the end of the first set, when we got the first break. We then just tried to keep rolling and lucky for us we got the title."
Kontinen, who captured the Wimbledon mixed doubles title with Heather Watson last week, is now 9-3 in ATP World Tour doubles finals (4-1 in clay-court title matches). Peers is 9-10 in championship matches (6-1 in red dirt finals).
Nestor won the first of his three Hamburg titles in 1996, when he partnered Mark Knowles to victory over Guy Forget and Jakob Hlasek in the final. Today, the 43 year old contested his sixth Hamburg final (3-3 record) and the 148th ATP World Tour final of his career (89-59 record) - only Mike Bryan (114 titles from 169 finals) and Bob Bryan (112 titles from 166 finals) have contested more doubles finals and won more titles. Qureshi is 11-16 in tour-level doubles finals.
The pair move onto their next ATP World Tour tournament with €44,010 and 300 points.