Back-To-Back: Zeballos/Peralta Capture Hamburg Title
Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos captured their second tour-level title in as many weeks on Sunday, defeating Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 6-1, 4-6, 10-6 at the German Tennis Championships presented by Kampmann.
"It is amazing," said Zeballos. "I have been watching this tournament since I was a kid... It is a very important tournament and it is such an honour to win this. We are really, really happy."
Peralta and Zeballos, who lifted their fifth tour-level team trophy at the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad last week, saved nine of 11 break points and won 70 per cent of first-serve points en route to victory after 83 minutes. Zeballos has now won 10 tour-level doubles crowns. Peralta has captured each of his six tour-level trophies alongside Zeballos.
"It was a great tournament," said Peralta. "We've been playing really good since last week [in Bastad]... Finishing here, winning against the best team in the world feels really good."
Having become the first team to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals by reaching the championship match, top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic were bidding to win their fifth tour-level crown of the season. The ATP Doubles Race to London leaders, who drop to 41-10 this year, have both lifted the Hamburg trophy with previous partners. Marach won the title with countryman Alexander Peya in 2011, while Pavic emerged victorious alongside Ivan Dodig last year.
"I think we were very aggressive from the beginning," said Peralta. "These matches are really fast and you need to keep the energy and the intensity level really high and I think we maintained that during the whole match."
Peralta and Zeballos receive 500 ATP Doubles Ranking points and split €105,140 in prize money for lifting the trophy. Marach and Pavic gain 300 points and share €51,470.
Did You Know?
Peralta and Zeballos have won five of their six tour-level titles together on clay.