Luke Bambridge & Ben McLachlan claimed the doubles title in Auckland
The pair didn’t drop a set all event
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Luke Bambridge & Ben McLachlan claimed the trophy in the ATP 250 event. The pair were not seeded and didn’t drop a set to claim the title.
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Luke Bambridge entered the ATP 250 event in Auckland and started the season off with a trophy. The Brit teamed up with Ben McLachlan as the build up to the Australian Open continued. In the first round the Brit/Japanese pair were drawn against Mackenzie MaDdonald & Ajeet Rai. Bambridge & McLachlan took the early break to move ahead, with MacDonald & Rai unable to break back. The second set was closer, however it was the Brit/Japanese that once again secured the break to move into the next round 6-3, 7-5.
In the quarter-final Bambridge & McLachlan were against third seeds Rohan Bopanna & Henri Kontinen. The Brit/Japanese were far too strong for the seeds. Bambridge & McLachlan got the break of serve in both sets. Despite the seeds trying all they could it was the Brit/Japanese that took the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.
The semi-final saw the Brit/Japanese up against Sander Gille & Joran Vliegen. The match was very very tight, and both sets went to a tiebreak. Bambridge & McLachlan were able to secure the lead in breakers and went on to claim the match in straight sets 7-6(5), 7-6(4).
In the final Bambridge & McLachlan were against Marcus Daniell & Philip Oswald. The Kiwi/Austrian pushed the Brit/Japanese all the way in the first set and forced a tiebreak. Bambridge & McLachlan dominated the tiebreak and moved into the lead. The second set saw the Brit/Japanese get the vital break of serve, Daniell & Oswald could not get the break back. It was the Brit/Japanese that took the title 7-6(3), 6-3.
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