Fabio Fognini/Simone Bolelli (Rio Open/Fotojump)

Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli pulled double duty this Sunday to win the title of the Rio Open presented by Claro.

To win the their fourth title the Italian duo took out crowd favorites Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray at the final by 7/5, 6/7 (2) and 10/6 in two hours, six minutes.

It was the third encounter the duos had and the Italians, 8th in the doubles team ranking, won them all: third round of the Australian Open, second round in Sydney and the final at Jockey Club Brasileiro.

“It was a very difficult week for everybody and the crowd was super supportive until the end. It was a beautiful tournament as always and every year I’m happy to come here. I love Brazil and I want to thank the organization and the fans. And also Simone, my partner, who’s like an older bother to me. It’s always great to share the court with you”, said Fognini, who reached the semifinals os the singles draw _lost to Carlos Alcaraz, the champion in Rio.

“It was my first time in Rio and we had a great week here. It’s awesome to play alongside Fabio”, said Bolelli.

Earlier this Sunday the Italian duo defeated Santiago Gonzales and Andres Molteni at the semifinals in a match that was postponed from Saturday due to the rain.

Fognini and Bolelli now have four titles together. The most important was the Australian Open in 2015. They also won in Umag, in 2011, and Buenos Aires, in 2013. At the Rio Open they had only one previous appearance: in 2017, when they lost at the opening round.

Soares and Murray, who have two Grand Slams together, never clinched the title in Rio. Soares was trying to give Brazil it’s first title at the Rio Open. 

“It’s a shame. But we played really well, the conditions were tough but it was all about the details today. They were incredible at the match tie-break. Three matches and three wins for them, but at the end of the day I’m happy with the result. It was my better Rio Open by far, not just the result but the way I played”, said the Brazilian, a three-time Grand Slam winner. “It was a fantastic and very special week and it could only get better if I had won the title.”

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