Feb. 29, 2016
ACAPULCO, Mexico – Virginia men’s tennis alum Treat Huey won the doubles title at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco on Sunday (Feb. 28) with his partner, former world No. 1 Max Mirnyi.
Fourth seeds Huey and Mirnyi defeated third seeds Alexander Peya and Philipp Petzschner 7-6(5), 6-3 in one hour and 26 minutes in the final. The Belarusian-Filipino duo saved seven of eight break points, claiming victory in their first final together. For Huey, it was his seventh career crown. He is now victorious in four straight ATP World Tour finals, with three different partners.
Peya and Petzschner raced to a 3-1 lead in the first set behind an early break, but Huey and Mirnyi fought back, drawing level at 4-4 before claiming the opener in a tie-break. They would break twice in the second set and seal the win on their first match point, taking home 500 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and splitting $94,800 in prize money. They had saved two match points in a first-round victory over Chris Guccione and Bernard Tomic and upset top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the semis.
“It was a tough first round match against Guccione and Tomic and we somehow came out with the win there 14-12 in the tie-break,” Huey said. “We took a lot of momentum from that. 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.”
Huey is currently ranked No. 30 in the world in doubles.
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