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Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic have clinched a maiden title as a doubles team.

Serbian Delight In Sofia Doubles Final

Nenad Zimonjic landed his 54th tour-level doubles title in the Bulgarian capital alongside his countryman

Serbian pairing Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki lifted the Garanti Koza Sofia Open doubles title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Mikhail Elgin and Andrey Kuznetsov.

The straight-sets victory lands the Serbians their maiden trophy together and a 54th tour-level doubles title for former doubles World No. 1 Zimonjic. The 40-year-old Zimonjic last clinched a trophy at the Swiss Indoors Basel in 2014 playing alongside Vasek Pospisil and was relieved to become a champion once again.

"It’s been a really long time. I had a couple of finals in 2015 but 2016 was a really tough year for me without a steady partner and some injuries. This is great to be back in a final of an ATP World Tour event, to play with your really good friend. It’s an amazing feeling to do it in front of my wife, my kids, my long-time coach, physio, it’s just huge to play here,” said Zimonjic.

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“With such an amazing atmosphere, you felt like you were playing at home. The draw wasn’t easy and we had a great win over Rojer/Tecau. They are one of the best teams on the ATP World Tour. For me it’s a great start to the new season and I’m really looking forward to the next tournament.”

Their Russian opponents had toppled two seeded teams en route to the final but Zimonjic/Troicki fought back from 1-4 down with smart angled volleys to take the opening set. Troicki fended off a break opportunity at 2-3 in the second set with a body serve and an ace, before striking a forehand return winner down the line to secure the decisive break.

“It feels great. First of all it was an honour playing with Nenad; it’s out first title together,” reflected Troicki, having lifted a second ATP World Tour doubles title. “He’s been a big support throughout my career, so to win this title with him is pretty special.”