Zeballos/Peralta Deny Fognini Båstad Double
Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos captured their fifth team title on Sunday, defeating Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4 to win the SkiStar Swedish Open.
Peralta and Zeballos lifted their first title since the 2017 Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship to deny Fognini a clean sweep on Sweden’s west coast. Earlier in the day, Fognini defeated Richard Gasquet to lift his seventh tour-level singles trophy.
The Chilean-Argentine tandem was dominant on second-serve returns, winning 73 per cent of points in the category to emerge victorious after 71 minutes. Peralta and Zeballos improve to 45-25 as a team at tour-level and 2-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series against their Italian opponents.
Zeballos has now won nine tour-level doubles titles, while each of Peralta’s five title runs have come alongside his current partner.
Bolelli and Fognini were bidding to win their first tour-level title together since the 2015 Australian Open. The Italians drop to 3-5 in tour-level championship matches.
Peralta and Zeballos receive 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points and split €27,170 in prize money for lifting the trophy. Bolelli and Fognini gain 150 points and share €14,280.
Did You Know?
Since 1982, only 11 editions of the SkiStar Swedish Open doubles event have not featured a Swedish champion. The last home titlist was Johan Brunstrom, alongside Nicholas Monroe, in 2014.