Sander Gille, Joran Vliegen ‘thrilled’ to improve to 5-0 in doubles finals

Belgium’s Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen were thrilled after winning the Singapore men’s doubles title and extending their finals record to 5-0. 

Gille and Vliegen, seeded No. 1, handed a straight-set defeat to Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith 6-2 6-3 to win the inaugural Singapore title. 

“It is going really well in the finals,” said Gille, per the ATP website. “We had been talking about [our record]… We have got our fifth title now and it is giving us a lot of confidence as well. It had been going well in the past and we were full of confidence this week. We just carried that through to today and we are very happy and satisfied with our level and the title.”

Gille and Vliegen bounce back from a disappointing Australian Open campaign 

The Belgians were aiming to potentially win their maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open but they ended up losing in the first round at Melbourne Park.

“We started the year in Australia and had a good feeling. It didn’t really work out for us… [It is] a really big motivation boost for us, winning the title here… We played really well all week and we are very happy to finish it off with a win,” said Vliegen.

Elsewhere, Brazilian duo Rafael Matos and Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves defeated Romain Arneodo and Benoit Paire 6-4 6-1 in the Cordoba men’s doubles final. 

“It was a special week,” Meligeni Rodrigues Alves told the ATP website . “We were one out [from the main draw], an alternate, and we got in at the last [minute]. It was a really good experience for us just playing in our first ATP [Tour event] together.

“It means a lot for us. Our first time playing ATP and we won, it’s a really good feeling… I hope we can win more titles together, and even in singles as well.”

Gille and Vliegen beat Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith in the Singapore final.

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