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A spectacular comeback to take Winston-Salem title (28.8.2016 by Winston-Salem Staff)

The team of Henri and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez pulled off a spectacular comeback to win the doubles title with a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 10-8 victory over Leander Paes and Andre Begeman. They fought off five championship points in the second-set tie-break, rallying from a 6-1 deficit, then dominated the third-set tie-break.

“For me it wasn’t only 6-1, the whole second set we were hanging on with both hands,” Henri said. “So many times we were so close to going two breaks down. But somehow we clutched up and found big serves on big points. Then we thought, ‘Now the breaker is ours,’ but it was oops, 1-6 and we had to climb back in. There is a lot of luck involved in a comeback like that. It’s not all in our hands. But we kept believing and somehow found a way.”

This was Henri’s 10th career ATP World Tour doubles title and his fourth of this year. He had teamed with John Peers to win in Hamburg, Munich and Brisbane earlier this year. It was Garcia-Lopez’s third career doubles crown.

The two were playing together for the first time this week because Peers wanted the week off before the US Open and Garcia-Lopez’s normal doubles partner is Carreno Busta.

“I personally decided to play last-minute,” Henri said. “I wanted to play this week and John wanted to take it off, so I came here and Guillermo was looking, so it just worked out well.”

It was a heartbreaking defeat for Paes, who was looking to win his 56th career doubles title. He would have extended his streak to 20 straight years with at least one doubles title with a victory.

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