Seppi, Bolelli complete an Italian job
The Spanish duo of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez wilted at the last step to go down 26, 6-3, 1-0 (12) against the Italian pair of Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi in the men's doubles final of the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open today.
The win also ended a title-drought for Italians Bolelli and Seppi while improving their win-loss record to 24-25 as a team. Last year, Bolelli and Seppi had lost in straight sets to Jeremy Chardy and Lukas Rosol in the first round. However, this week was a contrast of sorts as they got through to the final without losing more than four games in a set while accounting for wild cards Mahesh Bhupathi and AisamUl-Haq Qureshi, Tommy Robredo and Australian Open doubles champion Jamie Murray in the quarter-final and then Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkozski in the semi-final.
"We tried to play aggressive. We tried to play with the first serve and then I think we returned very well in the tie-break in the last points. Finally, this has been a good win for us," Bolelli explained.
After losing the opening set 2- 6, the Spaniards came roaring back with a break in the eighth game for Feliciano Lopez to serve out for the set in exactly half an hour and force the match tie-breaker. The Spaniards took the early initiative leading 5-1 at the change of ends. But Bolelli and Seppi fought back for 55 and then 10-10 till some superb play from the baseline saw Seppi and Bolelli complete a fine win. The doubles title was also the end of a fine week for Seppi, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on February 21. "It's been a very good week for me, not in singles though. Maybe I played one of the worst matches this year, but actually it's good to win the title in doubles. It's my first one.