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Neal Skupski and Joe Salisbury defeat Mike Bryan and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets to win the Erste Bank Open 500 on Sunday.

Skupski/Salisbury Lift Maiden Team Trophy In Vienna

British duo improves to 6-1 record

Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski captured their maiden team title on Sunday, defeating Mike Bryan and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6(5), 6-3 at the Erste Bank Open 500.

"It is unbelieveable. I can't quite believe it," said Salisbury. "At the start of the week, we weren't even sure we were going to get in [to the tournament]. I couldn't quite believe it when I won my first Tour title a month ago in Shenzhen. To win an ATP World Tour 500 now and to have beaten such great teams is incredible."

The British duo, appearing for the first time since its team debut at the 2018 Winston-Salem Open, landed 10 aces and saved both break points it faced to lift the trophy after 76 minutes. Salisbury has now won two tour-level crowns this season after clinching his first title at the Shenzhen Open (w/McLachlan) in September. Having also lifted his first tour-level trophy earlier this year in Montpellier (w/ K. Skupski), the 28-year-old Skupski is also a two-time ATP World Tour champion.

"It is unbelieveable. I have had a very good year and so has Joe, who started the season outside of the Top 100," said Skupski. "We played in Winston-Salem and really enjoyed it there and this week has gone from strength to strength. Today was our best performance. No doubt."

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Like Salisbury and Skupski, Bryan and Roger-Vasselin were appearing in just their second tour-level event as a team. The American-French tandem, which reached the Citi Open final on its team debut this year (l. to Murray/Soares), drops to a 5-2 record after reaching its second tour-level championship match.

World No. 1 Bryan was aiming to lift his fifth tour-level crown of the season and 121st overall. Alongside brother Bob Bryan, the 40-year-old captured the Vienna title in 2011. Winner of trophies in Metz (w/Mahut) and Antwerp (w/Mahut), Roger-Vasselin was bidding to secure his 17th tour-level doubles title.

"I think the tie-break [was the turning point]," said Salisbury. "It was very even up until then and then there were some great points in the tie-break where I feel everybody raised their level. We managed to sneak the tie-break and went on from there."

Salisbury and Skupski gain 500 ATP Doubles Ranking points and split €142,670 in prize money for lifting the trophy. Bryan and Roger-Vasselin receive 300 points and share €69,850.

Did You Know?
Both teams entered the championship match in Vienna with a 5-1 team record.