Qureshi/Lindstedt Clinch Antalya Doubles Title
Top seeds defeat Marach/Pavic on Friday
Robert Lindstedt and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi took the doubles title on Friday at the Antalya Open. The top seeds held a comfortable 7-5, 4-1 lead in the final when second seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic were forced to retire.
“I feel super happy. To win my third title this year and my first team title with Robert is great,” said Qureshi. “I’ve been to Turkey many times and this is my first time in Antalya. I think it was a great event for the first year. I hope we can have it here for a few more years because I’d love to come back and defend my title.”
Lindstedt/Qureshi made their debut together last year in Nottingham, but joined forces in Antalya for the first time this season. They had several tough matches en route to the title, including saving a match point in their semi-final against Jonathan Erlich and Nikola Mektic.
“You always leave a tournament with a lot of amazing feelings and happiness when you win, so it’s incredible to come out on top,” said Lindstedt.
Qureshi has won titles this year in Auckland (w/Matkowski) and Barcelona (w/Mergea), while Lindstedt was playing his first final of 2017. Lindstedt/Qureshi earned 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €23,780.
Marach/Pavic reached their second ATP World Tour doubles final as a team, duplicating their runner-up finish two weeks ago in Stuttgart (l. Murray/Soares). Pavic also won a title this year in Marrakech (w/Inglot). They pick up 150 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €12,500.
Both teams traded easy service holds in the first set until Lindstedt/Qureshi finally broke at 6-5 to take the early advantage. The top seeds earned another break at 2-1 in the second set before Marach/Pavic were no longer able to continue.