Bryans Beat Cuevas/Granollers For Third Barcelona Title
All-time greats win second title of the month
During the first three months of the season, the all-time great doubles team failed to win an ATP World Tour title. At the Delray Beach Open final in February, the team lost all six championship points. But on Sunday, the Americans grabbed their second title of April, beating Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay and Marcel Granollers of Spain 7-5, 7-5 at the Barcelona Open BancSabadell.
The Bryans, who won the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston earlier this month, now have won 111 titles, including three in Barcelona. The future Hall of Famers are 19-3 in the Spanish city.
"We feel like we're starting to play some really great tennis again. This week we put together four quality matches against some really tough teams," Mike Bryan said.
They won on Sunday by converting just enough break points against the wild-card doubles team. The Bryans won three of the 13 break points earned.
During the first set, the brothers were down a break at 3-4 with Cuevas/Granollers serving to get within a game of the first set. But the American twins broke back and later won the set. In the second, the Bryans erased all four break points faced and broke their opponents once for the win. "It was a hard-fought match against two experienced clay court players," Bob Bryan said.
The World No. 6 doubles team will earn 500 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €143,000.
Granollers was trying to become the first home doubles champion at the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona since 1997. He and Cuevas are now 2-3 in ATP World Tour finals together. The two will receive 300 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €68,000.