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Anderson/Ebden Win Acapulco Doubles Crown

Acapulco, Mexico

After losing out in an epic three-hour singles final with Grigor Dimitrov, Kevin Anderson made no mistake when he returned to the court at nearly 2am to contest the doubles final at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.

Anderson and Matthew Ebden defeated Feliciano Lopez and Max Mirnyi 6-3, 6-3 in 58 minutes to win their first ATP World Tour team title. The South African/Australian duo won 78 per cent of their service points and broke serve three times.

"It was a great week, reaching the finals of both," said Anderson. "It was a really close singles final; I played well and had my chances. Just a couple of points and it could have gone the other way. 

"It feels good to go out there and win the doubles title with Matt. We had a lot of fun all week. We had some really close matches. He played really well and I was able to turn it around and actually feel quite good. All in all it was a great week."

Ebden added, "It was the first time for us playing together. I've known Kevin since we were kids. We grew up playing junior tennis together. I was just really thankful that he was able to play through the doubles and the singles. It's a massive effort by him. I really owe it to him."

The 27-year-old Anderson won his first ATP World Tour doubles crown after two runner-up efforts in 2012 in Washington (w/ Querrey) and San Jose (w/ Moser). The 26-year-old Ebden clinched his fourth doubles crown and first since 2012, when he won the Atlanta trophy with Ryan Harrison.

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