Pavic/Venus Win Tour-Leading Fourth Title In 's-Hertogenbosch
Team wins fifth-career title and first on grass
Mate Pavic and Michael Venus won their fourth tour-level title of the season on Saturday at the Ricoh Open in 's-Hertogenbosch. The Croat and Kiwi beat the first-time team of Dominic Inglot and Raven Klaasen 3-6, 6-3 11-9 to capture their fourth title of the season, which leads the ATP World Tour. Pavic/Venus also won titles in Auckland, Montpellier and Marseille earlier this year.
After losing the first set, Pavic/Venus gained their second break of the second set at 4-3 and evened the match the next game. Inglot/Klaasen led 7/5 in the match tie-break, but Pavic/Venus came back to lead 9/7. The Brit and South African, though, made it interesting and levelled the tie-break at 9/9. But Pavic/Venus won the next two points to earn their fifth career tour-level final together and their first on grass.
The champions will receive 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €30,620. Inglot/Klaasen will receive 150 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €16,100.
Stuttgart Doubles Final Set
The doubles final at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart is set. New Zealanders Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak knocked off No. 2 seeds Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau 6-3, 7-6(4) to advance to their first final of the season. Daniell/Sitak, who secured their first team title at Montpellier last year, won 75 per cent of their first-serve points in the win. They will face Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin in the final on Sunday.