Joe Salisbury claimed the doubles title in Shenzhen
The Brit and his Japanese partner didn’t drop a set
SHENZHEN, CHINA – Joe Salisbury teamed up with Ben McLachlan in the ATP 250 event and were the top seeds. The pair claimed the title without dropping a set.
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Joe Salisbury teamed up with Ben McLachlan and were the top seeds in the ATP 250 Shenzhen tournament. As the top seeds Salisbury & McLachlan received a bye into the quarter-final, where their opponents were Marcin Matkowski & Nicholas Monroe.
The Brit/Japanese pair were worked hard in both sets as Matkowski & Monroe fought to break serve. The Polish/American team were unable to live with the pressure however, and Salisbury & McLachlan were soon booking their place in the semi-final with a straight sets win 6-4, 6-4.
In the semi-final the Brit/Japanese pair were against third seeds Roman Jebavý & Andrés Molteni. The first set was very much like their quarter-final match up. Salisbury & McLachlan managed a break of serve to claim the set. The Czech/Argentine pair were more resilient in the second set and forced a tiebreak. Despite the fight by Jebavý & Molteni it was the top seeds who eased through to the final 6-4, 7-6(4).
The final saw the top seeds against the fourth seeds Robert Lindstedt & Rajeev Ram. Salisbury & McLachlan were pushed all the way in both sets. Lindstedt & Ram forced a tiebreak in each set, however, the top seeds were able to edge the first and found the second much easier. Taking the match in straight sets they lifted the title and handing Salisbury his first ATP main tour title 7-6(5), 7-6(4).
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