Seppi, Bolelli com­plete an Ital­ian job

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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.

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