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Kas/Kohlschreiber Capture Doha Doubles Crown

Doha, Qatar

Kas, Kohlschreiber© QTF/Paul ZimmerChristopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber captured the Doha doubles title on Friday evening.

Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber captured their third ATP World Tour doubles title on Friday at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha. They lost one set in four matches this week.

The Germans, who were finalists last year, defeated second seeds Julian Knowle of Austria and Slovak Filip Polasek 7-5, 6-4 in 79 minutes. Kas and Kohlschreiber converted four of their seven break point opportunities and won 74 per cent of their first service points.

“It was a great doubles match," Kohlschreiber told ATPWorldTour.com. "It was nice, because I remember once I won here then won my second singles title in Auckland. I hope it goes that way. It was a great, great week here. Every match we improved. Today, we needed to play well against tough opponents. Maybe we got some luck, but I think we were the better team.”

They also won titles at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart in July 2008 and the Gerry Weber Open in Halle in June 2009. Kas is now 4-13 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals, having broken a five-final losing streak. His last title had come at the 2010 PTT Thailand Open in Bangkok. Kohlschreiber is now 7-3 in title matches overall.

“It was so much fun to play with Philipp," said Kas. "We’re great friends off the court. I enjoyed it so much and he helped me so much. I didn’t have a great second half of the season last year, so coming and winning this tournament feels great. I know I’m on the right path. I worked hard for five weeks, because I wanted to feel good on the court again after injuries and health issues last year. Playing with Philipp was fantastic.”

Kas and Kohlschreiber received a cheque for $57,850 and earned 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points, while Knowle and Polasek shared $30,400 and 150 points. Knowle drops to 14-19 lifetime in doubles finals, while Polasek is 9-13.

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