Inglot/Krajicek Save 2 M.P. To Beat Bryans For Atlanta Title
Dominic Inglot and Austin Krajicek took their second ATP Tour doubles title of 2019 in dramatic fashion on Sunday at the BB&T Atlanta Open. The second seeds saved two championship points to oust top seeds and two-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-4, 6-7(5), 11-9.
“Things were looking good for us in the [second set] tie-break, but they came up with the goods when they needed to. That’s why they’re the best [team] that’s ever been,” said Inglot. “It was back and forth in the Match Tie-break, but Austin played two unbelievable points to get us the tournament.”
Inglot/Krajicek saved three set points at 5-6 in the second set and led 5/2 in the tie-break, but the Bryan brothers raced through five consecutive points to force a Match Tie-break. The top seeds held two championship points at 9/7, but Inglot/Krajicek won the last four points to prevail in one hour and 31 minutes. The match marked the first loss in Atlanta for the Bryan brothers (11-1).
The British-American duo won their first ATP Tour doubles title together last month in ’s-Hertogenbosch (d. Daniel/Koolhof). Inglot now has 13 ATP Tour doubles titles and Krajicek has three.
“We definitely gritted out some matches early this week,” said Krajicek. “There's been a lot of reps on the practice court, but we’re playing well and it’s something we can build on.”
Bryan/Bryan were seeking their 119th ATP Tour doubles title as a team. They prevailed earlier this season in Delray Beach (d. Skupski/Skupski) and Miami (d. Koolhof/Tsitsipas).
Inglot/Krajicek earned 250 ATP Doubles Rankings points and split $39,300. Bryan/Bryan picked up 150 ATP Doubles Rankings points and split $20,140.