LONDON: Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic beat Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2, 3-6, 10-5 to say the ATP Finals doubles trophy on the finish of their first season collectively in London on Sunday.
It was a case of third time fortunate for the Dutch-Croatian fifth seeds, who misplaced their first two finals, in Marseille and on the US Open, earlier within the yr.
One of many key options of Koolhof and Mektic’s marketing campaign on the O2 Enviornment was the constant success they’d with their returns.
The pair, who joined forces in January, continued that development within the opening sport of Sunday’s last as Mektic ripped a forehand return winner down the road to interrupt serve.
Koolhof and Mektic fired low returns at 3-1 to earn a double-break benefit and clinched the set with a love service maintain.
Austrian-French seventh seeds Melzer and Roger-Vasselin earned the one break of the second set within the fourth sport, which proved sufficient to take the ultimate right into a match tie-break.
Within the decider, Mektic took the initiative. He linked on a number of returns and performed with composure on the internet to succeed in 9-5.
On the pair’s first championship level, Melzer struck a double fault to finish the match.
Croatia’s Mektic stated the title was a “dream come true”.
“It is our first title collectively, not unhealthy for a primary one,” he stated. “It has been a fantastic match for us and superb method to end the yr.”