Spaniards Manuel Orantes and Jaun Gisbert beat Brian Gottfried of the United States and Mexico's Raul Ramirez in a close match in the doubles final of the Commercial Union Masters Tournament in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday (5 December).
GV Gottfried of USA partnered by Ramirez of Mexico serving to Gisbert and Orantes of Spain with the Spaniards forced onto baseline after long rally but opposition lobs ball out of court for Spaniards' point during second set.
GV American/Mexican team serv??? to Spaniards and again Spaniard force back ?nto baseline w???h Spaniards losing point by hitting ball into net after short rally
LV Scoreboard showing Spaniards winning 3-1
GV Spaniards serve from far end with powerful serves completely overwhelming the opposition, players shake hands and walk off
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Background: Spaniards Manuel Orantes and Jaun Gisbert beat Brian Gottfried of the United States and Mexico's Raul Ramirez in a close match in the doubles final of the Commercial Union Masters Tournament in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday (5 December).
The strong serving game of the Spaniards and their better understanding enabled them to defeat the other pair 6-3, 6-1, to take the double title.
But the Spaniards did not have it all their own way as Gottfried and Ramirez fought for every point and the crowd enjoyed the long rallies produced under such keen competition, with neither team willing to concede a single point.
The doubles is a novelty event in this year's tournament. It was introduced to broaden the competition as many professional doubles pairs find it difficult to qualify for the big tournaments as singles players.
SYNOPSIS: Stockholm, Sweden, where a new event was introduced in one of the most prestigious tennis competitions in the world ... the Commercial Union Masters Tennis Tournament. The new event is the doubles. In the final, Brian Gottfried of the United States and Mexico's Raul Ramirez - further from the camera - playing the spanish team of Manuel Oran??es and Juan Gisbert.
And it was long, crowd pleasing rallies like ?his that vindicated the decision to include a doubles event ??? this year's competition.
Again the American-Mexican team serve to the Spaniards, forcing the Spanish pair back onto the baseline. It left them plenty of time to move up to the net to put any loose ball from the Spaniards down the sideline. And this time the Spanish team made the error.
But despite such errors the mistakes by the Spanish pair were less frequent than their opponents' and, with the Spaniards serving, the advantage was all their way. This was the last game in the second set, the Spaniards having won the first, six games to three. Gottfried and Ramirez found it difficult to counter the powerful serve handed out by the Spaniards and any shots they did manage to return were quickly capitalised upon by Orantes and Gisbert, who, by this stage, could sense victory.
This gave them an enormous psychological advantage over the American-Mexican pair who were already one set down and four games down in the last set. The Spanish team pressed home their advantage but Gottfried and Ramirez were determined to fight each point to the last. But the Spaniards were not to be denied victory. They won six-three, six-one.