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    Rafael Matos/Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves Battle To Santiago Title | ATP Tour

    After current struggles on the South American clay, Rafael Matos and Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves ended the Golden Swing in model on Saturday.

    The Brazilians clinched their second ATP Tour title in Santiago, coming by way of two tie-breaks to defeat Andre Goransson and Nathaniel Lammons 7-6(8), 7-6(3) in a single hour, 52 minutes, and declare victory on the Chile Dove Males+Care Open.

    After taking the title, Matos acknowledged {that a} good off-court relationship was serving to the pair’s on-court efficiency. “It was an excellent week,” he mentioned. “I’m very pleased with this second title enjoying with Felipe, he’s a superb buddy of mine, I at all times get pleasure from enjoying with him and the time exterior the courtroom too. I’m simply blissful.”

    Matos and Meligeni Rodrigues Alves had gained only one match throughout the tournaments in Cordoba, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, however they discovered their kind in Santiago to elevate their first trophy since their sensational title run on tour-level debut in Cordoba in 2021.

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    Goransson and Lammons, looking their first ATP Tour title as a pair, appeared to be heading to the primary set at 5-4, 40/15 on their very own serve, however Matos and Meligeni Rodrigues Alves dug deep to save lots of three set factors and reclaim the break. The highest seeds then fended off one other set level for Goransson and Lammons earlier than taking the tie-break 10/8.

    The second set was even tighter, however the essential second got here with Matos and Meligeni Rodrigues Alves serving at 5-5. The Brazilians saved the one break factors of the set and took the momentum with them into one other tie-break, reeling off 4 factors from 3/3 to take the title on their Santiago debut.

    Matos and Meligeni Rodrigues Alves produced a stable match on serve, profitable 80 per cent (47/59) of factors behind their first supply, as they avenged defeat of their solely earlier assembly with Goransson and Lammons within the closing of the 2021 Biella ATP Challenger Tour occasion.

    The Brazilians had been much more delighted to win a title after their participation within the match virtually by no means occurred. “It was really a reasonably loopy week,” mentioned Meligeni Rodrigues Alves. “Rafa may solely come to Chile on Wednesday and we didn’t play our greatest tennis within the first match, however we wished so unhealthy to win and we had been enhancing each match, combating, and I feel on the finish of the week we performed our greatest match within the closing.

    “I’m actually blissful to play with Rafa once more [and] get the second title collectively.”

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