Bolelli/Seppi Save 2 M.P. To Clinch Dubai Doubles Crown
All-Italian team battle hard, saving two match points, to win
Bolelli, who is 5-5 in finals, and Seppi, now 1-6 in doubles title matches, earned 500 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split $150,800 in prize money.
"I'm very happy because a win is always is good, and Dubai is very good tournament, a big tournament," said Bolelli. "Thanks to Andreas for playing with me this week. I really enjoyed it. I think we played day by day better.
"Today, was very tight. The Match tie-break was unbelievable. We started 1/5 down. Then we saved match point, we had a match point. We tried to play aggressive... Then, I think we returned very well in the [Match] tie-break on the last points. It was a good win."
Seppi said, "It was a very good week for me. It's good to win the title in doubles. It's my first one. I lost six finals, so to finally win a doubles title is always something special, and especially with a good friend."
Bolelli and Seppi broke in the fifth and seventh games of the 27-minute opener. Lopez and Lopez broke Bolelli to 15 for a 5-3 lead en route to clinching the second set in 31 minutes.
Bolelli and Seppi fought back from a 1/5 deficit in the Match tie-break, saved two match points at 8/9 and 9/10, before converting their third match point opportunity for victory in 79 minutes.
F. Lopez, who reached the Dubai singles semi-finals (l. to Baghdatis), is now 2-7 lifetime in doubles finals, while M. Lopez dropped to 11-15 in titles matches. They leave the United Arab Emirates with 300 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and $71,270.