Erlich/Sitak Lift Antalya Doubles Trophy
Champions improve to 8-1 as a team
Jonathan Erlich and Artem Sitak captured their second tour-level title as a team on Saturday, beating Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek 6-3, 6-4 at the Turkish Airlines Open Antalya.
The unseeded team, which defeated Roland Garros titlists Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies in the first round, broke serve on four occasions to overcome Dodig and Polasek after 76 minutes. Erlich and Sitak improve to 8-1 as a pairing, adding to their title run at the 2018 Hall of Fame Open, which is also an ATP 250 grass-court event..
"[Playing on grass] is a big advantage for us," said Sitak. "We are typical doubles players that come in all the time, go to the net and have good volleys and good reactions. We take advantage of that and we use that all the time against everyone."
In his 40th tour-level final, Erlich improves to 21-19 in championship matches. Sitak has now won five trophies from 13 finals on the ATP Tour.
"We definitely expected the performance," said Erlich. "We both knew that each one of us had the skills to beat almost everybody in this tournament and together we proved once that we [can] beat great teams and we [can] win titles... I think we both believed in our skills and in the team and we did great this week."
In their debut event as a team, Dodig and Polasek were both seeking their first grass-court title. The Croatian-Slovakian duo defeated third seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in the first round.
Erlich and Sitak claim 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points and split €25,200 in prize money. Dodig and Polasek receive 150 points and share €12,910.