BUTORAC/SOARES WIN 2012 BRAZIL OPEN & PLAY SOON AT INDIAN WELLS & MIAMI
Eric Butorac notched the 13th ATP doubles title of his career by winning the Brazil Open. He traveled to Sao Paulo because of loyalty to his new doubles partner Bruno Soares, a Brazilian Davis Cup star.
The route to the title was not easy. In the quarterfinals Eric/Bruno faced a challenging situation. Thomaz Bellucci, the top singles player in Brazil, and Marcelo Melo, the former doubles partner of Bruno, offered strong opposition on the slow, red clay. However, Eric/Bruno rose to the occasion with a straight set 7-5, 6-3 victory.
In the semifinal against Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah from Columbia, Eric/Bruno started off slowly, losing the first set 6-4. The second set went to a tiebreaker before they pulled it out 7-5. Only in the super-breaker did they pull ahead, winning convincingly 10-2.
The final was even a greater challenge. Their opponents, Michal Mertinak and Andre Sa, dominated the first set with a 90% first serve percentage. They won virtually every point on their serves and took the set 6-3. In the second set, Eric/Bruno held serve after facing two consecutive, second serve, break point deficits. They went on to break serve the following game and even the match at a set apiece. The super breaker was equally close, but Eric/Bruno prevailed with a 10-8 score.
Amazingly, Eric/Bruno won the match, even though they won five points less than their opponents. For the second consecutive match they lost the first sets to hot-playing opponents. Yet they weathered the storms, kept positive, and came through in pressure packed situations.
This victory and a quarterfinal finish at the Australian Open put Eric/Bruno in 5th place in the 2012 Doubles Team Race to London, the prestigious end of the year tournament that features the world's top eight teams.
In March Americans have the chance to watch Eric/Bruno at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA or at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, FL.
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