The Portuguese doubles duo of Nuno Borges and Francisco Cabral made the most of a wild card into the Millennium Estoril Open by winning the ATP 250 title on Sunday. The 25-year-olds defeated Maximo Gonzalez and Andre Goransson, 6-2, 6-3, in the championship match.
“It’s an unreal feeling winning on home soil,” Cabral said during the trophy ceremony. “First ATP event, first main draw, first title with Nuno, my childhood best friend. I couldn’t be happier.”
“Thank you for everybody who made it here to make this moment a little more special than anything I had before,” added Borges, addressing the home crowd.
Both making their ATP Tour debut this week, Borges and Cabral improved to 5-0 as a team at tour-level events following a Davis Cup victory earlier this season. They are 13-1 across all levels on the year, winning two ATP Challenger Tour titles in Oeiras in April, and finished the 2021 season on a 15-match winning streak at the Challenger level. The pair won six Challenger titles and reached two finals last season.
The duo did not face a break point in the Estoril title match while converting on three of their eight chances. From 2-2 in the opening set, they won eight of nine games to take command on centre court.
After winning a pair of Match Tie-breaks to open their Estoril campaign, Borges and Cabral knocked off top seeds Jamie Murray and Michael Venus in straight sets in the semi-finals before their dominant final performance.