First-Time Pairing Wins Lyon Doubles Crown
Argentine Andres Molteni and Canadian Adil Shamasdin might have to give this another try. Playing together for the first time this week, the unseeded pairing captured the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Lyon doubles title, prevailing against New Zealand's Marcus Daniell and Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 on Saturday.
Molteni/Shamasdin won 82 per cent of their first-serve points and jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the Match Tie-break before clinching the title after 82 minutes.
"I think we have good energy together. We're playing good, we're playing aggressive. We are really happy today to win our first title," Molteni said.
The championship team dropped only two sets all week. The title is Molteni's second ATP World Tour doubles crown, having also won the BB&T Atlanta Open doubles title with Horacio Zeballos last year.
Shamasdin improves to 3-3 in ATP World Tour doubles finals. His last doubles crown came at 2015 Casablanca. Molteni/Shamasdin will receive 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €26,110.
"It's a beautiful city, to be here in Lyon. I think all players have had a great time here," Shamasdin said. "The crowds are amazing."
Daniell/Demoliner were going for their first ATP World Tour team title. They will receive 150 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and €13,730.