ATP World Tour Doubles - Week 39
Kas-Troicki Capture First Team Title
by ATP Staff|
German-Serbian duo Christopher Kas and Viktor Troicki won their first ATP World Tour doubles title together Sunday at the PTT Thailand Open with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over fourth seeds Jonathan Erlich and Jurgen Melzer in the final of the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tennis tournament in Bangkok.
The unseeded players, who are both coached by Jan de Witt, raced to a 4-0 lead in their first final together and, despite surrendering one of the service breaks in the eighth game, held on to secure a one-set lead. The duo then broke Erlich’s serve in the fifth game of the second set and went on to seal victory in just over an hour.
“It was a difficult match, especially at the end, I was choking a bit and luckily my partner helped us out. This is my first doubles title and it feels great,” said Troicki, who was contesting his first ATP World Tour doubles final one year after reaching the singles final (l. to Simon) in Bangkok.
Kas, who improved to a 3-8 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals added: “It’s been a great week. For me it’s my first title outside of Germany. Viktor and I became good friends over the past few years, sharing a coach, so it’s really nice to win with him. He played unbelievably all week, never facing a break point on his serve in the whole tournament. Now we’ll try and keep the momentum for Tokyo.”
The 30-year-old Kas won his first two ATP World Tour titles in Stuttgart in 2008 and Halle in 2009, both times partnering countryman Philipp Kohlschreiber. He was playing his second ATP World Tour final of the season after finishing runner-up in Stuttgart with Philipp Petzschner.
Israeli Erlich was bidding to win the Bangkok title for the third time, having lifted the trophy in 2003 and 2006 with Andy Ram. Austrian Melzer, who will feature at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in November with regular partner, Petzschner, dropped to an 8-13 record in tour-level doubles finals.