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Nicholas Monroe, left, and John-Patrick Smith win 75 per cent of their first-serve points and win the BB&T Atlanta Open doubles title on Sunday.

Monroe/Smith Celebrate Maiden Team Title In Atlanta

American-Aussie pairing won their final three contests in Match Tie-breaks

Nicholas Monroe and John-Patrick Smith will remember 29 July forever. The American-Aussie pairing won their first ATP World Tour doubles title as a team on Sunday at the BB&T Atlanta Open, beating second-seeded Americans Ryan Harrison and Rajeev Ram 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

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The third-seeded Monroe/Smith saved seven of eight break points and won the title despite not breaking Harrison/Ram, who saved the only break point they faced. Harrison pulled double duty on Sunday, falling in three sets to John Isner earlier in the Atlanta singles final.

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Monroe/Smith improved to 13-13 as a team and will receive 250 ATP Doubles Rankings points and split $36,230 in prize money. They also reached the Delray Beach Open final (l. to Sock/Withrow). Monroe has now four ATP World Tour doubles titles, while Smith celebrated his first. Harrison/Ram fell to 5-2 as a team and will receive 150 ATP Doubles Rankings points and split $19,040 in prize money.

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