Bastad (Sweden) – The gaucho Rafael Matos and the Spaniard David Vega made the most of the great moment of the partnership and won another title in a difficult final against the Italians Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli, headliners 2 at the ATP 250 in Bastad. After 1 hour and 35 minutes of competition, the final score was 6/4, 3/6 and 13-11 in favor of the gaucho Rafael Matos and the Spaniard David Vega.
It was the fifth ATP doubles championship of Matos’ career, the fourth of the season, and the third with Vega. Matos and Vega had previously won on clay in Marrakesh and on grass in Mallorca together. Matos won this title alongside Vega. The team is now in 18th place in the fight to qualify for the ATP Finals, and if they win this week’s championship, they will move up two more spots. However, they will still be 520 points away from the qualifying zone.
As a result of winning the championship, Matos will also advance significantly in the individual doubles ranking. The 26-year-old Gaucho will move up five more spots and finish in the 33rd position, which will be the best of his professional career. He is inching his way closer and closer to achieving his goal of being Brazil’s number one player, as he is now only three places behind Bruno Soares, who hails from Minas Gerais and will be ranked 30th on the list on the following Monday.
Matos and Vega got off to a great start in the decision and were almost perfect with their serves in the opening set, dropping only four games. This put them in a strong position to win the match (83 percent success rate). They were never in any danger as a result of this strategy, and they were able to capitalize on the one mistake made by their competitors, who gave up two break points in the third game and ultimately lost the match broken.
The Brazilian and the Spaniard experienced a slight slowdown in the second set, which resulted in their serve advantage dropping to 64 percent. As a result, Bolelli and Fognini were presented with their first opportunities to break the serve of the other player. Although they failed to capitalize on a break point in the fourth game, they did so in the eighth game. Melo and Vega had two opportunities as well, but they were both wasted, and they ended up with the worst of it.
The deciding match-tiebreak was a contentious battle in which both teams had opportunities to win. Vega and Matos were in the lead for the whole of the match and had the first two match points, including one on the serve, but they were unable to convert either of them. The Italians then had their first opportunity, but they were unable in confirming it. After some time had passed, the gaucho and the Spaniard each had two more match points, the second of which was with service, and it was eventually won.