Fil-Am finds ideal partner, cops title

Fil-American Ruben Gonzales finally savored the sweet taste of success as he and new partner Darian King of Barbados captured the doubles crown in the Abierto Internacional Varonil Pachuca held over the weekend in Pachuca, Mexico.

Gonzales and King, seeded third in the $10,000 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Futures tournament, survived two tiebreaks to complete a 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 10-4 win over Colombia’s Jose Daniel Bendeck and Mexico’s Alejandro Moreno Figueroa.

After winning their first four matches in contrasting fashions, Gonzales and King looked headed to a disappointing finish after being dominated by their rivals in the first tiebreak.

But the duo refused to blink and willed their way to force another tiebreak in the second set which, this time, they won easily.

It was Gonzales’ first title in a long while, and he considered it as redemption after he and American partner Sekou Bangoura were beaten in the final of the Bakersfield Tennis Open in California, a $25,000 Futures tournament.

Gonzales is expected to stick with King as partner after the two dropped just two sets throughout the tournament.

Their victims were British duo Luke Bambridge and Farris Gosea, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (8); Bolivian’s Alejandro Mendoza and Federico Zeballos, 4-6, 6-3, 10-2; and Chile’s Marcelo Barrios Vera and Canada’s Alejandro Tabilo, 6-4, 6-3.

For winning the event, Gonzales is expected to improve his ranking – he is currently ranked No. 529.