LONDON (Reuters) – The Dutch-Croatian duo Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic won their first joint title by winning the ATP final on Sunday. Rand Jürgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-2 3-6 10-5.
The fifth seed had lost in their first season together in the other two finals, including the U. . S.. . Open, but it turned out to be a godsend for the third time.
« It was a dream come true to have qualified here for this event, » said Koolhof, the fourth Dutchman to win the double title at the end of the season.
Austrian Melzer, a former top 10 individual player who is retiring, had hoped to end his career at a peak.
« It was a hell of a trip, » said the 39-year-old. « We have fought hard to come here since Roland Garros played almost every week. It stings and it hurts today, but in the end we’ll look back to finish second here. «
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