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Lu/Udomchoke Win Bangkok Title

Bangkok, Thailand

Wild cards Yen-Hsun Lu and Danai Udomchoke defeated fourth seeds Eric Butorac and Paul Hanley 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to capture the Thailand Open doubles title in Bangkok.

In winning their first ATP World Tour doubles title together, Lu improved to a 2-2 record in title matches while Udomchoke lifts silverware for the first time (1-0). The pair split $30,220 in prize money and earned 250 ATP Doubles Rankings points.

"I was at my happiest moment during match point because I’ve always dreamed of holding a Thailand Open trophy in the 10 years I’ve played the tournament," said Udomchoke. "I feel very proud of having done it today."

Lu said, "I feel very happy, there’s no reason to be upset at all. I'm very happy for Danai [Udomchoke] to win on his home ground. I don't know how I can explain how I feel, I'm just very happy and I appreciate playing with my friend. This is another experience we go through as friends and I’m happy."

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Lu and Udomchoke broke to 30 at 3-4 in the first set, and, despite winning just nine of 24 points on return of serve, they clinched the 34-minute opener.

In the second set, the Chinese Taipei-Thai team broke Hanley to 30 in the third game and held their nerve to lose just eight of their service points to close out victory in 74 minutes.

"Early on I felt my serve was very confident and that took the pressure off because our strategy was to break them [Butorac and Hanley] early on in the match," said Udomchoke. "Tennis is never a sure thing; anything can happen within a few games so it was important we kept our cool and concentration."

Butorac and Hanley received $15,890 and 15o points. Butorac dropped to 13-6 in ATP World Tour doubles finals, while Hanley is now 26-23 overall in title matches.

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