Home Sweet Home: Ymer Brothers Blast To Stockholm Title
A day after dropping just seven games against second seeds Rohan Bopanna and Treat Huey, the Ymers routed fourth seeds Mate Pavic and Michael Venus 6-1, 6-1 in 51 minutes for their first ATP World Tour titles. They are the first Swedish duo to claim victory in Stockholm since 1998, when Nicklas Kulti and Mikael Tillstrom triumphed.
"I don't think me or Mikael expected our first ATP title to come in doubles, especially here in our hometown of Stockholm." said Elias. "We had a great time and I really enjoyed playing with my brother."
#NextGen star Elias, 20, and Mikael, 18, broke in the second game of the match and never looked back. They would save all seven break points faced, while converting five of eight of their own. Elias, who was born in Stockholm, was competing in just his second doubles competition on the ATP World Tour (Bastad 2014), while Mikael was making his debut.
"It's been unreal," said Mikael, who is on the comeback trail after missing nearly a year due to a hip injury. "We clicked really well and played some great doubles. I'm really happy with this win and I'm excited for our future together in doubles."
With Juan Martin del Potro taking the Stockholm singles title, it marked the first time unseeded wild cards had won both the singles and doubles crowns at the same tournament since Newport in 2006. Mark Philippoussis won the singles title and Robert Kendrick/Jurgen Melzer claimed the doubles.
The brothers earned 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €30,620 in prize money. They had saved three match points in a first-round victory over third seeds Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer, reeling off five straight points from 6-9 down in the Match Tie-break.
Pavic and Venus, meanwhile, were appearing in their eighth ATP World Tour final of the season, having lifted the trophy in Auckland, Montpellier, Marseille and on the grass of 's-Hertogenbosch. They also finished runners-up in Nice, Gstaad and Metz.