13 Jan Behar & Escobar Claim First Title
Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar won their first ATP title with a 6-7(5) 7-6(4) 10-4 victory over the Harrison brothers, Christian and Ryan, Wednesday at the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com.
The match was as tight as the score would indicate, with neither side converting a break in the match. The champions saved all nine break points they faced – including seven in the second set alone – while the Harrisons saved all four break chances.
It was the third victory in their four matches this week that Behar and Escobar were pushed to a deciding match tie-break.
“I think we’ve been in, not in the ATP but in the Challengers, we’ve been in this position many times and I think we’ve learned to deal with it,” Escobar said. “I think this week some things clicked and some things seemed easier for us in the end.”
While this was the first ATP title for Behar and Escobar, they are no strangers to success. Together they have won eight titles at the Challenger level, and closed 2020 reaching the finals in three straight of those events.
With their supportive team, which includes Behar’s wife and mother-in-law, Behar and Escobar will celebrate their victory tonight.
“We’ve very happy we can enjoy this together,” Behar said.
The winning duo will next board the charter flights to Australia where a week of ATP events will precede the Australian Open.
The Harrisons were appearing in their first final together as a team, having previously posted their best career result with a quarterfinal at the 2012 US Open.
Ryan, who is two years older, was seeking his fifth career ATP title while Christian, who reached the singles semifinals, was trying to win his first.