Home Favourites Copil/Ungur Save 5 M.P. To Win Bucharest Doubles Title
Romanian team delights home crowd.
Marius Copil and Adrian Ungur outlasted Nicholas Monroe and Artem Sitak, saving five match points to win the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy doubles crown on Sunday. The pair became the first Romanian tandem to win the title in Bucharest since 1998 (Pavel/Trifu).
Playing in front of their home crowd, the Romanians battled back from a set deficit to win 3-6, 7-5, 17-15 in one hour and 42 minutes, staving off four of seven break points faced. The wild cards split 24,280 Euros and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points.
“It’s our first ATP [World Tour] final and our first victory,” said Ungur. “I will never forget it. It was so hard with many ups and downs. At one point, I did not know who would win, us or them. The atmosphere was great, even better than Davis Cup.
“We are very happy and we hope that it won’t be our last trophy together. I dedicate this title to my mother, because today is her birthday.”
Copil and Ungur reached their first team final after beating Chris Guccione/Andre Sa in the first round, knocking out second seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea in the quarter-finals, and fighting past Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray in the semi-finals.
“I’m glad that my first ATP [World Tour] title was conquered at home,” said Copil. “The crowd was great. I never felt so much love on court. It was a special Sunday, with so many emotions.”
Monroe and Sitak were playing in their first final as a team and are now individually 2-3 and 2-2 in ATP World Tour doubles finals, respectively.