Berankis/Gabashvili Win First Doubles Titles
Alternates Ricardas Berankis and Teymuraz Gabahsvili win Houston doubles title.
The Lithuanian-Russian duo, who entered the Houston main draw when Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock withdrew, won their first team title and first individual ATP World Tour doubles crowns 6-4, 6-4 over Treat Huey and Scott Lipsky.
Berankis was contesting his first tour-level doubles final, while 29-year-old Gabashvili was eight years removed from his lone previous final (w/Karlovic in Indianapolis). The alternates did not drop a set after grinding past Federico Delbonis and Dusan Lajovic 19-17 in a marathon Match Tie-break in the first round. They would score a huge straight-sets upset over five-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the quarter-finals.
"We decided to team up for doubles and got in as alternates," Berankis said. "This week I was so happy the way I was playing and thanks to Teymuraz for all his help on court because he did an unbelievable job. The teams we beat we are proud of: the Bryans, Lindstedt/Melzer and today Lipsky/Huey. For me, it's a great feeling and to have a trophy for the first time ever on the ATP World Tour means a lot to me."
"I had to play a great match and I believe we both did unbelievable today," added Gabashvili. "Luck was on our side and it's an unbelievable feeling because it's my first title. I hope it's not the last."
Berankis and Gabashvili take home $26,980 and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points. Meanwhile, Huey was seeking his fourth ATP World Tour doubles title while Lipsky was eyeing his 13th.