Karlovic/Kubot Win First Team Title
Ivo Karlovic and Lukasz Kubot completed a dominant run to the Topshelf Open crown on Saturday. The Croatian-Polish duo topped Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-2, 7-6(9) in 74 minutes to claim victory.
Competing in their first tournament together, Karlovic and Kubot dropped just one set en route to the title. It was the big-serving Croat's second ATP World Tour doubles crown and first in more than nine years, having last prevailed with Chris Haggard in Memphis 2006. For Kubot, it was the Pole's 10th doubles title in 17 finals.
"It was great," said Kubot. "I’m thankful to Ivo that he said yes and he didn’t refuse me when I asked him to play. It was a lot of fun. I think we played good from the first match on. I hope it’s not our last tournament together.
"I needed someone, so I asked Ivo to help me out and get me into this tournament. His best surface is grass… I think overall we played really well and it was great quality tennis."
Karlovic and Kubot dropped just three games in ousting Robert Lindstedt and Scott Lipsky in the first round, received a walkover into the semi-finals and overcame top seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau in a Match Tie-break to reach the final. They split €29,680 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points.
Herbert and Mahut, meanwhile, were contesting their second tour-level final after reaching the Australian Open title match to open the season. Mahut is still alive in the singles draw and will square off against David Goffin in Sunday's final.