Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar started the year off on the right foot after winning their first TBEN title at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com.
Playing in their first round-level championship game on Wednesday, Behar and Escobar edged brothers Christian Harrison and Ryan Harrison to win 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 10-4.
“It doesn’t happen every day. We want that to happen often, but today we’re going to have fun and enjoy it, ”Behar said after the game. “And then focus on Australia where we have to travel early.”
Behar of Uruguay and Gonzalo Escobar of Ecuador turned heads last year on the ATP Challenger Tour by winning five trophies. They continued to stand out at Delray Beach – thanks in part to Behar’s colorful wardrobe – by knocking out seeded team Jean-Julien Rojer and Marcelo Arevalo in the first round.
They had to be focused from the start against the Harrison Brothers for an hour and 43 minutes on the court. They remained stranded on serve for the first two tight sets, despite creating 13 chances between the two teams. After coming back in the second to make a set apiece, the South Americans took the lead in the tiebreaker forto become the first South American doubles champion at Delray Beach.
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“We have been in this position a number of times, not in the ATP but in the Challengers,” Escobar said. “I think we worked to be able to face it [well] and just try to play every point. And it worked. I think it all comes down to day-to-day work, although it doesn’t seem like it will change anything.
“But I think this week something clicked, something felt easier to us. And in the end, we got this title and that will give us a little more confidence. I think it will be a great year.
This victory also makes Escobar the first Ecuadorian TBEN doubles champion since Nicolas Lapentti in 1999 in Adelaide (with Gustavo Kuerten).