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Elgin & Istomin Win First Team Title

Moscow, Russia

Mikhail Elgin and Denis Istomin won their first ATP World Tour team title as they defeated British brothers Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski 6-2, 1-6, 14-12 in the final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

"We are happy to win," said Istomin. "We have been playing for almost two years. We've played semi-finals. It’s our first final and we won. It’s our first win at such a big event. Maybe we have more wins to come. We won in Moscow, it’s nice."

Elgin and Istomin won just one point more than their opponents as they clinched victory in 69 minutes, having broken serve twice. They had upset third seeds Tomasz Bednarek and Daniele Bracciali in the first round this week. 

"We will celebrate in different parts of the world," said Elgin. "Denis will go to Basel and I will go to Kazan to play a challenger. If we have internet on the plane, we’ll celebrate via Whatsapp. I think [the Skupskis] played well and they have a future as a team."

World No. 77 Elgin was contesting his second ATP World Tour final, having finished runner-up at the St. Petersburg Open two years ago with Alexander Kudryavtsev. The 27-year-old Istomin won his first doubles title at the third attempt, having lost out in the 2012 China Open final (w/ Berlocq) and just last month in St. Petersburg (w/ Inglot).

The Skupskis were contesting their first ATP World Tour final after a string of successes on the Futures circuit and ATP Challenger Tour this season. They were attempting to become the fourth active brothers tandem to win an ATP World Tour title.

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