Filipino Treat Conrad Huey and Max Mirnyi of Belarus bagged their first doubles title after ruling the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Tour-Abierto Mexicano held in Acapulco, Mexico.
The fourth-ranked tandem of Huey and Mirnyi blasted third seeds Philipp Petzschner of Germany and Alexander Peya of Austria via a 7-6 (5), 6-3 decision in the finals that lasted for one hour and 26 minutes.
Huey and Mirnyi will be splitting the $94,800 top purse and earned 500 ATP ranking points while Petzschner and Peya, nonetheless, pocketed the $44,800 consolation prize and 300 ATP points that go with it.
“I was feeling pretty sick the first few days and could barely get out of bed, but as Max said we just need to find a way. We did and we’ve been playing great tennis all week. It’s great to win a title and we’re having fun. The tournament here in Acapulco is unbelievable,” said the 30-year-old Huey in an interview posted at the official website of the tournament.
The Filipino-Belarusian pair made it to the finals by ousting Colombian top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the semifinals through a 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 come-from-behind win.
They also clobbered Australians Bernard Tomic and Chris Guccione in the first round, 4-6 6-3, 14-12; and Mariusz Fyrstenberg of Poland and Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico in the quarterfinals, 7-5, 6-2.
“I told Treat that even though we’ve only been together for two months, we’ve been through a lot. We’ve improved on our teamwork and things we need to do. Luckily today, in a big tournament like Acapulco, everything clicked. We played well at the same time which was important,” Mirnyi added.
Last month, Huey and Mirnyi reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open doubles.
Huey also barged into the mixed doubles semifinals with Slovenian partner Andreja Klepac.
The Filipino netter wil be arriving this week in Manila to spearhead the country’s campaign in the Davis Cup Asia Oceania Group II tie against Kuwait.
The tie will be held on March 4 to 6 at the Valle Verde Country Club in Pasig City.
He will be joined by former Australian Open juniors doubles champion Francis Casey Alcantara, Australian Open juniors quarterfinalist Jeson Patrombon and Filipino-American Ruben Gonzales.