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Luke Bambridge/Ben McLachlan made their first ATP Tour event together this year an unforgettable one, powering past Marcus Daniell/Philipp Oswald 7-6(3), 6-3 on Saturday to win the doubles title at the ASB Classic in Auckland.Bambridge/McLachlan won 75 per cent of their second-serve points (6/8) to help guide them through a tight opening set. They secured the lone break of the second set at 4-3 before serving out the match after one hour and 23 minutes. The unseeded pair didn't drop a set throughout the week to secure their first ATP Tour team doubles title.The British-Japanese duo are a relatively new pairing, but enjoyed success when they teamed up last year. They reached the final in Vienna (l. to Ram/Salisbury) and advanced to the quarter-finals of the US Open.McLachlan, a New Zealand native who represents Japan on the ATP Tour, served as a ballboy at this event as a young child. He also took the doubles title last year in Auckland (w/Struff). This is his fifth tour-level doubles title and the third for Bambridge, who finished runner-up with Santiago Gonzalez last week in Doha (l. to Bopanna/Koolhof).Daniell was aiming for his first title on home soil since prevailing as a wild card in 2010 (w/Tecau). Oswald still seeks his first title in Auckland after also finishing runner-up in 2018 (w/Mirnyi).Bambridge/McLachlan pick up 250 FedEx ATP Doubles Rankings points and split $30,900. Daniell/Oswald earn 150 FedEx ATP Doubles Rankings points and split $15,840.[WATCH LIVE 2]

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