Huey/Kontinen Triumph In St. Petersburg
Top seeds triumph on team debut
Top seeds Treat Huey and Henri Kontinen capped a dream debut together on Sunday as they defeated second seeds Julian Knowle and Alexander Peya 7-5, 6-3 in the St. Petersburg Open final.
The Filipino/Finn duo were clutch on the big points, saving the 10 break points they faced while breaking their opponents twice for victory in 88 minutes.
"We played well," said Huey. "It was our first time together, so we had some fun and we played pretty well together. We enjoyed playing together and that's always a good thing. Coming away with the title is always a lot of fun."
"We're going to play the next couple of weeks, so this was perfect for us to get such a good start," said Kontinen. "It's never easy with a new partner, but from the first match I felt like we matched up well on the court."
The 30-year-old Huey captured his fifth ATP World Tour title and second of the season, adding to victory in Estoril with Scott Lipsky. Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Kontinen lifted his fourth trophy of the season, having previously triumphed with Marin Draganja in Barcelona, Marseille and Zagreb. He has a 5-3 finals record.
After winning three ATP Challenger Tour titles, the Austrian duo of Knowle and Peya were looking to capture their first ATP World Tour crown together. World No. 51 Knowle dropped to an 18-24 finals record, while Peya, who is challenging for a spot at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with Bruno Soares, fell to a 13-20 mark.