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Men's Spain Open 2001  
Mallorca, 12 - 16 September
Emanuel and Tande continue their winning steak

Mallorca, Spain 16 September - In one of the best final days of the season the top two seeded teams of Emanuel/Tande (BRA) and the 2001 World Champions Baracetti/Conde (ARG) battled out a 78-minute epic final.

The Brazilians saved match point in the third set being down 13-14, then Emanuel rallied some amazing scrambling saves as they fought back to gain match point twice. The Argentineans leveled the score at 18-18, then Tande made a successful attack to bring up match point once again 19-18. Emanuel gave his team the victory in this exciting grand final with an attack, after saving the ball in defence.

Another Brazilian success came in the 3rd/4th place match, were the veterans Lopes/Franco made the best finish of the 2001 season, winning over the Russian team of Ermishin/Kouchnerev 2-0. The 4th place was also the best finish also for the Russian team in this 2001 season.

In the first semi-final, Emanuel/Tande had to go through three sets against compatriots Lopez/Franco. In an amazing comeback from 5-11 down in the third set, the eventual tournament victors rallied with some more of their stylish defense to overcome, winning the game 16-14.

The event had everything to make the Mallorcan crowd come alive on the last day of competition. Even it was played without the usual music and entertainment activities, due to the respect paid to the victims of New York tragedy.