Russia’s Aslan Karatsev and Andrey Rublev won it all in their first doubles team appearance at an ATP event as they beat Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open final.
Karatsev and Rublev, who were unseeded, degraded doubles specialists Daniell and Oswald 7-5 6-4 to win the Doha doubles title.
“It’s only my second [doubles] title, so it’s a great feeling,” Rublev said, per the ATP website. “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, who recently made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open, has now won his maiden ATP doubles titles.
“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.”
Karatsev and Rublev delivered a good performance
Karatsev and Rublev claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game but got broken back in the seventh game.
However, Karatsev and Rublev kept their focus and broke Daniell and Oswald in the 12th game to win a tight opener.
In the second set, Karatsev and Rublev saved a break point in the ninth game, before breaking Daniell and Oswald in the following game to seal the win.
Elsewhere, Federico Delbonis and Jaume Munar won the Santiago doubles title, while Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara won it all in Marseille.
Delbonis and Munar handed a 7-5 6-4 loss to Andre Goransson and Goncalo Oliveira in the Santiago final to lift their maiden team title.
Delbonis and Munar blew an early break but broke Goransson and Oliveira once again in the 11th game and then served out for the opener in the following game.
Delbonis and Munar then claimed an early third set break and routinely held on to their serve to seal the win.
In the Marseille final, Glasspool and Heliovaara beat Sander Arends and David Pel.
Glasspool and Heliovaara earned the first break of the match in the 12th game to win the opener.
As no breaks were seen in the second set — the set went into a tie-break — in which Glasspool and Heliovaara converted their first maych point to win Marseille.