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Emmrich/Kas Triumph On Debut

Kitzbuhel, Austria

Kas, Emmrich© GEPA/Hans OsterauerChristopher Kas and Martin Emmrich won their first team title.

First-time pairing Martin Emmrich and Christopher Kas capped a perfect debut on Saturday at the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel as they won the title without the loss of a set. The fourth-seeded Germans upset top seeds Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy 6-4, 6-3 in the final.

Emmrich and Kas broke serve four times and saved four of the six break points they faced to clinch victory in 62 minutes. They won 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and €22,500 in prize money.

"Not dropping a set is quite unusual in winning a doubles tournament," said Emmrich. "It just shows the level we can play together."

The 28-year-old Emmrich won his third ATP World Tour doubles title (3-3 finals record) and his second of the season following victory at the Power Horse Cup in Dusseldorf (w/ Begemann). 

Kas, 33, captured his fifth ATP World Tour doubles title in his 19th final. It was also his second triumph of the year, having lifted the trophy at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha (w/ Kohlschreiber).

"I was a finalist here in 2007 with Tomas Behrend and lost a close one," said Kas. "I always wanted to come back and have another opportunity because it's my favourite tournament. 

"It's only a 45-minute car ride for me from home; I know so many of the spectators who come to watch me. Winning it now with Martin is the best. This is a great memory that we will always have. We had great chemistry and great energy.”

The 36-year-old Cermak was bidding to retain the title he won in Kitzbuhel last year with Julian Knowle. The Czech also won the Kitzbuhel crown in 2004 (w/ Friedl) and has a 12-5 tournament record. He and Dlouhy were contesting their first ATP World Tour final together.

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