Davidovich comes away from Chile with first ATP tournament victory

Carballés and Davidovich with their trophies on Saturday.
Carballés and Davidovich with their trophies on Saturday. / SUR
  • The local tennis star shared the top prize in the ATP 250 event, winning in the doubles category with partner Roberto Carballés

Alejandro Davidovich now has an ATP title to his name, having come away from Santiago de Chile as champion, albeit surprisingly in the doubles category.

The Malaga-born player was paired with the Tenerife-based Roberto Carballés (both in the top 100 in the singles rankings) and it proved to be a match made in heaven. Despite it being the first tournament in which he played with Carballés, they seemed to show great understanding on the court.

A comfortable victory

Even in Saturday's final, the victory was comfortable - 7-6 (3), 6-1 (in one hour and 12 minutes) - as they saw off Marcelo Arevalo (El Salvador) and Jonny O'Mara (UK) in this ATP 250 category match on clay.

The newly formed Spanish duo didn't start out as favourites for the final, with their rivals having been finalists the previous week at Delray Beach, and having competed many more times together.

However, Davidovich and Carballés won the first set, albeit with a certain amount of suffering, after enjoying a 'break' in their favour. They then took this momentum and ran away with it in the second set to win the match.

Davidovich, who exited the tournament in the singles category in the round of sixteen (defeated by favourite Christian Garín in the tie break of the third set), redeemed himself in the doubles - a mode in which he has barely made a splash so far.

Though Davidovich will be disappointed that the title only counts for the doubles ranking, he left Chile with a not insignificant sum in prize money (around 17,000 dollars).