Italy's Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini have captured the St. Petersburg Open doubles title. The Italians beat No. 3 seeds Roman Jebavy and Matwe Middelkoop in the St. Petersburg doubles final 7-6 (6) 7-6 (4). The match started with three consecutive breaks as Jebavy and Middelkoop had a 2-1 lead after the opening three games.
Berrettini and Fognini broke back in the sixth game but lost their serve for the third time in the set in the 11th game. Yet, Jebavy and Middelkoop once again failed to hold on to their serve after claiming a bream as Berrettini and Fognini broke back for the third time to force a tie-break.
Berrettini and Fognini blew two consecutive set points in the tie-break but converted their third set point to clinch the first set. Jebavy and Middelkoop broke Berrettini and Fognini in the second game of the second set and then held on to their serves until the seventh game -- when they got broken back.
However, Jebavy and Middelkoop soon again found themselves up by a break as they broke the Italians in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. Yet again, Jebavy and Middelkoop failed to close out the set as Berrettini and Fognini broke back to eventually force a tie-break.
Both teams were tied at 4-4 in the tie-break when the Italian duo won three points in a row to seal the win. The match came to an end after an hour and 39 minutes of action. Berrettini, 22, and 31-year-old Fognini had a dream team debut as they were playing together for the first time ever.
Elsewhere, home-favorites Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin have won it all at the Moselle Open. No. 1 seeds Mahut and Roger-Vasselin handed a straight-set defeat to fourth-seeded Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski in the Metz final 6-1 7-5.
The Frenchmen broke the Skupski brothers in the opening game of the match, as well as in the fifth and seventh game, on their way to dominantly winning the first set. Both pairs comfortably held on to their serves in the second set as a single break point wasn't seen until the 12 game, when Mahut and Roger-Vasselin converted their first break point of the set -- which at the same time was their first match point -- to seal the win.
Mahut and Roger-Vasselin won 97 percent of their first serve points, converted 4-of-6 of their break point chances and faced no break point chances in just 58 minutes of play. Mahut, 36, and 34-year-old Roger-Vasselin now have won five ATP doubles titles together.
It took five years for 2013 Newport champions Mahut and Roger-Vasselin to win their next doubles title together. Full results:
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