Brazilian wildcards Thomas Bellucci and Rogerio Dutra Silva have fallen just short of winning it all front of their home fans at the Rio Open as they got edged out by Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez and Chilean Nicolas Jarry in a tight doubles final 6-7 (3) 6-3 10-7.
Bellucci, 31, and 35-year-old Dutra Silva saved a total of four break points during the first set before they failed to convert their first break point, which at the same time was a set point, in the 12th game. However, not realizing a set point didn't affect the Brazilians as they lost just three points during the tie-break to win the opener.
Gonzalez, 35, and 23-year-old Jarry quickly responded as they got off to a 3-0 second-set lead and then held on to their serve to force a decider. The two teams were tied at 7-7 after the opening 14 points of the match tie-break but then Gonzalez and Jarry won three points in a row to win the match and clinch their maiden team title.
Gonzalez and Jarry converted just 1-of-7 of their break points chances and failed to save the lone break point opportunity of Bellucci and Dutra Silva but still got the win in an hour and 43 minutes of action. Gonzalez and Jarry showed a great mental strength this week as they lost the opening set in each of their last three matches played at the Rio Open.
On the other side, Bellucci and Dutra Silva were playing together just for the second time as they debuted as a pair at Wimbledon last year. Full result: Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) & Nicolas Jarry (CHI) d. [WC] Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) & [WC] Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) 6-7 (3) 6-3 10-7