Gonzalo Escobar and Aleksandr Nedovyesov saved two mach points in the Sofia doubles final to claim their second tour-level title as a team. The Ecuadorian/Kazakhstani team defeated third seeds Julian Cash and Nikola Mektic 6-3, 3-6, 13-11 to earn a dramatic victory in what was their fourth final in 14 tour-level tournaments together.
“A [Match] Tie-break is always a lottery, but I think in the end we were just a little bit more aggressive,” said Nedovyesov. “Luck was there as well I guess… It was a great tournament.”
Escobar/Nedovyesov will finish the season in 23rd place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings after a successful close to a week in which Escobar earned his 100th tour-level doubles win. The Sofia title is the Ecuadorian’s fifth at tour-level and Nedovyesov’s second.
“Very happy for the title. But it’s also been a tough year, so this makes me proud of the work we’ve done,” added Escobar.
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Top Seeds Nys/Zielinski Retain Metz Trophy
Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski saved their most dominant performance for last in the Moselle Open. After a pair of Match Tie-break wins either side of a walkover, the Monegasque/Polish duo defeated Germans Constantin Frantzen and Hendrik Jebens 6-4, 6-4 to complete a successful title defence in Metz.
Nys/Zielinski saved both break points they faced while converting two of their three break chances — one in each set.
The title is their third on the ATP Tour, with their lone title outside of Metz coming earlier this season at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Rome. Behind the strength of those two trophies this campaign, they will finish the 2023 season in ninth place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams Rankings.