TORONTO - The first finals matchup on Sunday's Rogers Cup finale is now in the books.
Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares entered the 2014 Rogers Cup as the defending doubles champions and they have successfully defended that crown, defeating the duo of Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 6-3.
Peya and Soares won last year's event in Montreal defeating the British duo of Andy Murray and Colin Fleming in a come-from-behind effort. This year, the second-seeded duo didn't have as much of a challenge as they proved to be too much for the fourth-seeded pairing of Dodig and Melo.
On this day, Peya and Soares were on top of their game, winning 84 per cent of their first serves, all three of their break points and 78 per cent of their total service points. Dodig and Melo didn't necessarily have a bad showing on Sunday. In fact, they only committed one double-fault to Peya and Soares's four. However, they were only able to win 15 per cent of their first serves and 38 per cent of their second serves. This paired with the reigning champions' dominance was a recipe for disaster on this last day of the Rogers Cup.
As the men head back to Montreal in 2015 for the next installment of the Rogers Cup, Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares will now set their sights on a three-peat. The duo were finalists at last year's US Open and hopefully their win in Toronto this year will give them that extra edge to claim their first Grand Slam as a pair.
Despite eliminating Canadian veteran Daniel Nestor and his partner Nenad Zimonjic in Saturday's semi-final, both Peya and Soares received a warm reception from the Toronto faithful on Sunday following their championship win. It was a very well-deserved ovation for an up-and-coming team who are showing such enormous promise.