Granollers/Marrero Claim Bastad Doubles Crown
Spanish duo sweep to first title in Sweden
Spaniards Marcel Granollers and David Marrero captured their first ATP World Tour doubles team title on Sunday at the SkiStar Swedish Open.
The second seeds defeated fourth seeds Marcus Daniell of New Zealand and Brazil's Marcelo Demoliner 6-2, 6-3 in the Bastad final, which lasted 58 minutes.
Granollers and Marrero split €25,070 in prize money and earned 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points. Granollers improved to 11-16 in tour-level finals with his first title since February 2014 at Buenos Aires (w/Marc Lopez), while Marrero is 12-14 in championship matches.
Granollers told ATPWorldTour.com, "I think we last played together in Prostejov, on the ATP Challenger Tour, six years ago. It was good to play with a friend and to win the title. Hopefully we can spray more champagne in the future, as it will mean we've won the title."
"It was the first time we played together at ATP World Tour level," Marrero told ATPWorldTour.com. "It was great to play with Marcel and I hope to win more titles with him."
Granollers and Marrero broke Demoliner to 30 in the third game, before Granollers recovered from 0/40 - saving four break points - to take a 3-1 lead. The Spaniards won five straight games from 3-2 in the first set to 2-0 in the second set. They lost just 11 of their service points.
Daniell and Demoliner were competing together for the first time this week. Daniell experienced his first loss in an ATP World Tour doubles final (3-1) and Demoliner is now 0-2 lifetime. The pair leave Sweden with €13,170 and 150 points.