Berrettini Doubles Up, Triumphs With Bracciali
Matteo Berrettini arrived in Gstaad this week having never won a tour-level doubles match. But after clinching his maiden ATP World Tour singles trophy on Sunday, the Italian partnered compatriot Daniele Bracciali to the doubles title, defeating Denys Molchanov and Igor Zelenay 7-6(2), 7-6(5) to triumph at the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad.
Berrettini had only played two tour-level doubles matches before his run to the championship with Bracciali, who now holds six ATP World Tour doubles titles and his first since 2011 Bucharest. The 40-year-old had claimed just two tour-level doubles match wins since 2015 before his effort with Berrettini in Switzerland.
"This was an unbelievable week," Bracciali said. "I didn't expect that at all coming here. Congrats to my partner Matteo, who won two titles here and had a fantastic week."
The last time a player captured both titles at the same event on the ATP World Tour was last season in Montpellier, where Alexander Zverev earned his first of five singles crowns in 2017 and lifted the doubles trophy with his brother, Mischa Zverev. Both Berrettini, No. 650 in the ATP Doubles Rankings, and Bracciali, No. 214, will receive significant boosts to their standing. They will add 250 points, while also sharing €27,170.
The Italians proved strong under pressure, saving seven of eight break points and battling through both tie-breaks en route to their victory in one hour, 34 minutes. The team also saved 12 of 13 break points against the top seeds, Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop, in the semi-finals.
Molchanov and Zelenay, who have captured four ATP Challenger Tour trophies together this year, played their first ATP World Tour event as a team last week in Umag, reaching the quarter-finals. Both players were seeking their maiden tour-level title. The pair adds 150 points and will split €14,280.
Did You Know?
Berrettini and Bracciali are not the lowest-ranked doubles pair to lift a trophy this year. Kyle Edmund, then-unranked, and Cameron Norrie, then-No. 617, lifted their maiden doubles trophies at the Millennium Estoril Open.