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Dusan Lajovic and Nikola Cacic own a 5-3 tour-level record as a team.

Serbian Success: Lajovic/Cacic Triumph In Chengdu

Unseeded duo lifts maiden tour-level team trophy

Nikola Cacic and Dusan Lajovic captured their first team title at the Chengdu Open on Sunday, defeating Jonathan Erlich and Fabrice Martin 7-6(9), 3-6, 10-3.

Competing in their first ATP Tour championship match as a team, Cacic and Lajovic saved two set points in a thrilling first-set tie-break before claiming the title after one hour and 41 minute. The Serbian duo’s victory against Erlich and Martin was its second Match Tie-break triumph against seeded opposition this week. In the first round, Cacic and Lajovic also eliminated third seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Robert Lindstedt.

“We didn’t know that we were going to get in [to the draw],” said Lajovic. “We were the last team to get in, so Nikola flew here at the last moment. He came here on Sunday and it was only our third time this year playing an ATP Tour event together and we didn’t expect much, but we knew we could play good tennis.

“We had a tough draw from the first round and played some of the most experienced doubles players on the Tour, so it was not easy but we really showed the quality is there and it was nice to crown it with a title here in Chengdu.”

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Cacic and Lajovic improve to 5-3 at tour-level after lifting the trophy. The title is the first ATP Tour crown of Cacic’s career, while Lajovic adds the Chengdu title to his maiden tour-level doubles trophy at 2015 Istanbul (w/Albot).

“This week was the best week so far in my career,” said Cacic. “I am really happy that I won my first ATP Tour title with Dusan. [These are] special moments for me and I am really grateful and thankful for what he is doing for me and what he did in the past.”

Erlich and Martin were bidding to lift their first tour-level title as a team in just their second ATP Tour event as a pairing. The fourth seeds advanced to the championship match in Chengdu with three Match Tie-break wins.

Cacic and Lajovic earn 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points and share $62,010 in prize money. Erlich and Ram receive 150 points and split $31,780.

“We’ve known each other for 20 years and we are best friends,” said Lajovic. “Sharing the court is a special thing… We shared everything together and that is what makes it more special.”