Alastair Gray and Daniel Cukierman claimed the title in South Africa
Brit/Israeli lost one set en route
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, Alastair Gray teamed up with Daniel Cukierman and the pair claimed the title. The Brit/Israeli partnership took out three seeded pairs en route.
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Alastair Gray teamed up for the doubles event in Johannesburg with Israeli Daniel Cukierman. The Brit/Israeli pair were unseeded. In the first round Gray & Cukierman drew the fourth seeds Timur Kiyamov & Konstantin Kravchuk. The Russians were the favourites on paper due to ranking. However, Gray & Cukierman secured a break of serve in the first set to take the lead. The second set saw the pairings go toe to toe and a tiebreak ensued. In the breaker it was the Brit/Israeli that edged ahead to take the match 6-3, 7-6(5).
The quarter-final saw the Brit/Israeli draw unseeded Canadian pair Filip Peliwo & Kelsey Stevenson. Gray & Cukierman dominated the first set as the Canadians struggled to get into the match. The second set saw Peliwo & Stevenson regroup and break the serve of Gray & Cukierman to level the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak it was the Brit/Israeli that edged through to book a spot in the semi-final 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.
In the semi-final Gray & Cukierman were against the top seeds Benjamin Lock & Courtney John Lock. The Zimbabweans were broken by the Brit/Israeli in the first set and were behind. In the second set the top seeds were level on games when they were forced to retire, meaning that Gray & Cukierman progressed to the final 6-4, 1-1 (RET).
The final saw Gray & Cukierman against the third seeds Mateus Alves & Igor Marcondes. The Brazilians stayed close to the Brit/Israeli in the first set and forced a tiebreak. The breaker was a tense affair, but eventually the Brit/Israeli edged ahead into the lead. In the second set Gray & Cukierman managed to break the serve of Alves & Marcondes to seal the victory and lift the trophy 7-6(5), 6-3.
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