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Rajeev Ram and Ivan Dodig defeat Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya in straight sets to win the BMW Open by FWU on Sunday.

Dodig/Ram Win First Team Title In Munich

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Ivan Dodig and Rajeev Ram won their first team title on Sunday, defeating third seeds Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya 6-3, 7-5 at the BMW Open by FWU.

"Some important deciding points were crucial," reflected Dodig. "We were feeling better in those moments and that was the key."

Dodig and Ram defeated the Croatian-Austrian duo in 78 minutes, saving all three break points they faced to lift the trophy. The second seeds, who had only played once together before 2018 at the 2016 Libema Open, have now won 10 matches as a pairing since becoming a full-time team at the start of this season. Dodig and Ram’s previous best performances as a partnership came earlier this season at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships where they reached the semi-finals. It is Ivan Dodig’s 10th ATP World Tour doubles crown, while Rajeev Ram has now clinched won 15 tour-level titles.

"It was great. It was our first title together," explained Ram. "We worked pretty hard this week. [We had] a couple of tough losses in the past two weeks on the clay to start the season and we came here with the idea to work for this week and the rest of the season. It is nice to see it paying off right away."

Mektic and Peya, who teamed up at the beginning of the 2018 season, were bidding to win their second tournament win of the season after success at the Grand Prix Hassan II in April (d. Paire/Roger Vasellin). Mektic has won three doubles crowns at tour-level, with Peya, a former champion in Munich (2015), remains on 16 doubles triumphs.

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Dodig and Ram didn’t face a break point in the opening set, winning 74 per cent of points on serve as they established a one-set lead with the only service break of the set in the eighth game. The second seeds encountered more trouble in the second set, winning a deciding point to hold serve for 1-1 and saving two sets points at 4-5 30/40 to level the score at 5-5. With the momentum, Dodig and Ram broke in the 11th game and served out the match to love to clinch the title in the Bavarian capital.

Dodig and Ram receive 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points and share €27,170 in prize money for winning the tournament. Mektic and Peya gain 150 ATP Doubles Ranking points and will split €14,280.

Did You Know?
Only one team has ever won back-to-back BMW Open by FWU doubles titles. Petr Luxa and Radek Stepanek clinched successive crowns in 2001 and 2002.