Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares won their fourth ATP World Tour team title in their ninth final at the If Stockholm Open on Sunday.
The third seeds defeated top seeds Lindstedt and Tecau 6-7(4), 7-5, 10-6 in one hour and 53 minutes at the ATP World Tour 250 indoor tournament.
Lindstedt and Zimonjic started strongly by breaking Soares to love for a 2-0 lead, before Lindstedt saved one break point opportunity in the third game. Melo and Soares responded at 3-5, breaking Zimonjic to 30 and could have broken for 6-5 if they had converted one break point on Lindstedt’s serve. In the tie-break, Lindstedt and Zimonjic took a 4-1 lead, before Melo and Soares won three straight points. Both teams won 66 per cent of their service points in the 54-minute set.
In the second set, Soares had his serve broken to 30 in the third game. But lapses in concentration by Lindstedt and Zimonjic got the Brazilians back into the match as they won five of the next seven games to take a 5-4 lead. Melo and Soares lost just nine service points in the set to level the score.
In the Match tie-break, the Brazilians recovered from an early mini break to capture their first non clay-court title
“I’m not happy because we lost the finals, but this week is a great start in cooperation with Robert” – Zimonjic wrote on his twitter.