Santiago Gonzalez and Andres Molteni defeated Andre Goransson and Nathaniel Lammons 2-6 6-2 15-13 to win the 2021 Pekao Szczecin Open doubles title. The Mexican-Argentinian pairing is playing together since the US Open, where they managed to reach the third round.
“I asked this guy to play. I broke up with my old partner, Marcelo Demoliner, he didn’t have a partner also. We knew each other since a long time ago, and we were always talking like ‘why aren’t we playing together’. We have a good chemistry on-court and off-court,” said Gonzalez, who was well-known to the Polish fans. In 2012, he reached the French Open mixed doubles final with Klaudia Jans-Ignacik, before forming a two-year partnership with Mariusz Fyrstenberg that brought two ATP titles.
Molteni was also a crowd favorite, having clinched the title back in 2019. “Yeah, it’s my second title here in Szczecin. The last time I played here I won with Guido Andreozzi, an Argentinian guy, a friend. I’m very happy coming here, I have good memories. I like the atmosphere of the tournaments, shows at night, many matches at night, people coming. We also tried to enjoy the city, went to a few restaurants, I really liked the city. The tournament could be like an ATP event.”
The match tie-break was extremely tense as the pairs kept going back and forth creating match point opportunities. Gonzalez and Molteni saved three of them before finally securing the match when Goransson missed a smash at 14-13.
The two veterans of the professional circuits have won so many titles at this level that they lost count long ago. Molteni, for whom it was the 23rd Challenger won, only knew he was in the “twenty-something” area, while Gonzalez, who raised an incredible 30th trophy, had absolutely no idea about his achievement. The Mexican-Argentinian partnership will last until at least the end of the season.
Main photo: materiały prasowe Pekao Szczecin Open