14.11.2019 - 21:37 Uhr
Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek ended their season on a high at the Nitto ATP Finals on Thursday, beating Group Jonas Bjorkman winners Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus 7-6(4), 6-4.The eighth seeds, who end their first team appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals with a 1-2 record, fired 19 aces to extend their unbeaten FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Klaasen and Venus to three matches. The Croatian-Slovakian duo finishes its debut season as a team with a 27-11 record. Dodig and Polasek made their team debut at the Turkish Airlines Open Antalya in June, before capturing trophies at ATP Masters 1000-level in Cincinnati and ATP 500-level in Beijing.Despite suffering their first loss at this year’s event, Klaasen and Venus win Group Jonas Bjorkman with a 2-1 record. The fifth seeds move through to the semi-finals at The O2 for the first time and will face the second-placed team from Group Max Mirnyi in the last four on Saturday.More to follow...



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12.03.2021 - 22:16 Uhr

Aslan Karatsev and Andrey Rublev have made waves on the singles court in recent months. But on Friday evening in Doha, they claimed a doubles title together.The Russian ATP Cup teammates defeated in-form doubles pair Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald 7-5, 6-4 to win the Qatar ExxonMobil Open after one hour and 21 minutes."It's only my second [doubles] title, so it's a great feeling," Rublev said. "We'll see how I'm going to do in Dubai. Now I'm focussed on next week and I hope I can show good tennis there."Karatsev and Rublev had never played a tournament together before this ATP 250. They competed as a duo in one match at the ATP Cup, losing in straight sets. The unseeded pair had no such difficulties this week, surging to the title without dropping a set."It feels great. It's my first ATP title, so it's an unbelievable feeling," Karatsev said. "It's great to play with Andrey Rublev."The Russians, who also defeated fourth seeds Marcelo Melo and Jean-Julien Rojer en route to the trophy, saved four of the five break points they faced in the final. Rublev and Karatsev will each depart Doha with 250 FedEx ATP Doubles Rankings points and a share of $38,470.Daniell and Oswald did not win the title, but they enjoyed a tremendous run at this ATP 250, where they beat reigning Australian Open champions Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek as well as top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. Last year’s Sardinia champions add 150 points to their tally and they will split $27,550.

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