Marcelo Demoliner and Santiago Gonzalez have won the Mercedes Cup doubles title after beating Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar in the Stuttgart final 4-6 6-3 10-8. Behar and Escobar claimed the first break of the match in the seventh game, before serving out for the opener in the 10th game.
After losing the first set, Demoliner and Gonzalez earned their first break of the match in the eighth game and then served out for a decider in the following game. The two teams were all tied at eight points apiece after the opening 16 points but then Demoliner and Gonzalez won two consecutive points to complete a comeback win.
Demoliner and Gonzalez win team title No. 2
In 2018, Demoliner and Gonzalez won it all on the grass courts of Antalya. In the Stuttgart singles final, Marin Cilic beat Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (2) 6-3. “It was a very important win.
I played two semi-finals and did not win a title since 2018, also on grass at Queen’s. Winning here brings out joy for me, good confidence and a good feeling,” Cilic said. "I felt like I was playing good tennis in these last few weeks.
Winning here is a great way for me to continue my form and it gives me a good sign for Queen’s and Wimbledon. It is a joy to win my first title with my family here for the first time at any tournament. “Experience plays a big part, especially on grass.
The conditions can be difficult, the court plays quite quick. I felt this was a good chance for me to give it my all, keep my intensity. Even though some games were up and others down, that was a big part of my victory today."
Auger-Aliassime now has a 0-8 record in ATP finals. “Today I am not facing a final, I am facing Marin Cilic, it is two different things. There has been times when I have not played my best then I felt I was not playing well, but this time around, I felt like it was close. But overall I think he was a better player overall."