Max Mirnyi and Philipp Oswald became first-time Houston champions with a win over Andre Begemann and Antonio Sancic at the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship on Saturday.
Mirnyi and Oswald, fresh off a semifinal win over six-time U.S. Clay champions Bob and Mike Bryan on Friday night, earned the 6-7(2) 6-4 11-9 victory in 96 minutes.
While Begemann and Sancic were partnering together for the first time, Mirnyi and Oswald have now captured their second title in four finals since teaming up late last summer.
It’s the 52nd career crown for Belarussian veteran Mirnyi, who made his first trip to River Oaks this year at the age of 40, and the eighth title for 32-year-old Oswald of Austria.
A former doubles No. 1, Mirnyi is a 10-time Grand Slam champion in men’s doubles and mixed, also collecting a gold medal at the London Olympic games alongside countrywoman Victoria Azarenka.
This week in Houston, Mirnyi and Oswald upset defending champions Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos, before dispatching the American pair of Scott Lipsky and Tennys Sandgren in the quarterfinals. They were able to maintain their momentum in the final following a 6-4 2-6 10 win over the top-seeded Bryan Brothers.