Brazilians Triumph On Home Soil
For the first time in six years, an all-Brazilian team has claimed the doubles title at the Brasil Open. Rogerio Dutra Silva and Andre Sa lifted the trophy on home soil in Sao Paulo, defeating Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner 7-6(5), 5-7, 10-7.
"Every title is special, but to do it on home soil is another level," said Sa. "It was a great atmosphere this week. I had my friends and family here, so it was really special. Rogerio is from Sao Paulo, so it was very special for him as well. We're just really happy."
Teaming for the first time this week, Dutra Silva and Sa became the first all-Brazilian tandem to prevail at the tournament since Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in 2011. Previously, Sa had triumphed alongside Melo for the 2008 crown, when the event was held in nearby Costa do Sauipe.
Individually, it was 39-year-old Sa's 11th ATP World Tour doubles title and first since 2015. For the 33-year-old Dutra Silva, it was his maiden title in just his second final. They split $24,680 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points.
"I feel amazing. To play at home with the crowd, everything was perfect," said Dutra Silva. "It was my first time playing with Andre, a legend of tennis, so I'm very happy."
The Brazilian-Kiwi pair of Demoliner and Daniell had their chances on a sun-kissed Sunday afternoon at the Pinheiros Sports Club, earning five break points in the first set. But Sa and Dutra Silva denied all of them and overcame a 2/0 deficit in the ensuing tie-break. Dutra Silva pumped his fists after firing a cross-court forehand winner for a mini-break at 4/4 and a Daniell double fault secured the opener after 58 minutes.
The first break of the match came in the 11th game of the second set, as Daniell hit a stunning reflex volley winner to edge ahead 6-5. The championship would proceed to a Match Tie-break, where Dutra Silva struck a lob that landed on the baseline for the decisive mini-break at 8/6. He and Sa would lift their arms in victory after two hours and three minutes.
Demoliner remains in search of his first ATP World Tour doubles title, falling to 0-3 in finals. He previously finished runner-up with Daniell in Bastad last year, as well as in Quito with Thomaz Bellucci. Daniell, meanwhile, falls to 3-2 in finals. They earn $12,970 in prize money and 150 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points.