Almagro/Berlocq Capture Kitzbuhel Doubles Title
Nicolas Almagro and Carlos Berlocq edge through a tense finale
Nicolas Almagro and Carlos Berlocq captured their first ATP World Tour doubles team title on Saturday at the Generali Open in Kitzbuhel.
The Spanish-Argentinean team defeated Robin Haase and Henri Kontinen 5-7, 6-3, 11-9 in an 88-minute final.
"It was a great match," Almagro told ATPWorldTour.com. "I think we played really aggressively in the important moments, maybe that was the key. We are very happy about our victory here. I'm happy to be back again, last year was a terrible year."
Almagro and Berlocq shared €24,280 in prize money and earned 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings points.
It was 29-year-old Almagro's first doubles title, following a runner-up finish with Santiago Ventura at 2009 Buenos Aires (l. to Granollers-Martin). Berlocq, 32, improved to a 2-5 record in team finals, adding to a title won with Edouardo Schwank at 2010 Stuttgart (d. Kas-Petzchner).
Almagro and Berlocq took a 6/1 lead in the Match Tie-break, but Haase and Kontinen put together a number of low returns and fine poaching to recover to 8/8 and ensure a tense finale. Almagro and Berlocq could not convert a match point opportunity at 9/8.
Haase and Kontinen, who were also playing their first doubles final together, split €12,760 and 150 points. Haase is now 2-6 lifetime in title matches, while Kontinen is 4-3 overall.