Cuevas/Marrero Capture Rome Title
Pablo Cuevas and David Marrero found their rhythm at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.
Pablo Cuevas and David Marrero captured the Internazionali BNL d'Italia doubles title on Sunday.
They defeated fifth seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-4, 7-5 in the Rome final, which lasted one hour and 32 minutes.
Cuevas and Marrero shared €194,500 in prize money and earned 1000 Emirates ATP Rankings points for their triumph at the Foro Italico. Last year, they finished runners up in the Oeiras final (l. to Gonzalez-Lipsky).
Cuevas is now 5-5 in ATP World Tour doubles finals, while Marrero is 11-11 after winning his first trophy since partnering with Fernando Verdasco to win the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals crown.
"It was the first time I was playing in an [ATP World Tour] Masters 1000 final," Cuevas told ATPWorldTour.com. "So I'm very happy for the victory.
"Although we trust each other very much, after Australia we did not have very good results. But we kept calm and trusted one another and today we are celebrating. This victory came at the right time [just before Roland Garros]."
Marrero mis-timed two strokes and lacked confidence early on, which Granollers and Lopez looked set to capitalise on his serve at 15/40. But Marrero clung on, winning three straight points for 1-1. Quick hands by Granollers at the net helped secure a service hold for Lopez after a deciding point deuce in the fourth game.
Marrero clinched the first service break, when he crossed for a backhand volley winner at 15/40 on Lopez’s serve. Cuevas withstood three break points in the next game. Granollers and Lopez failed to convert any of their eight break point chances.
At 2-2 in the second set, Lopez dropped to 15/40, but poor returning from Cuevas and Marrero ensured a big hold. Cuevas went on to win three straight points from 0/30 in the next game, before saving a deciding point deuce with a fine serve to Marrero's backhand. At 3-4 on Marrero's serve, a ninth break point went begging for Granollers and Lopez.
The pressure began to tell at 5-5, when deep returns kept Granollers on the back foot. Cuevas and Marrero clinched their first of three break points, when Cuevas lashed a forehand return past Lopez at the net.
Granollers and Lopez split €95,230 and earned 600 points. They won the 2012 title (d. Kubot-Tipsarevic) and have a 4-10 record in team finals. Granollers is 10-15 lifetime, while Lopez is 10-14 overall in title matches.
Cuevas and Marrero beat sixth seeds Daniel Nestor and Leander Paes in the second round, plus third seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in the quarter-finals.