McLachlan/Salisbury Capture Shenzhen Title On Team Debut
Ben McLachlan and Joe Salisbury capped a debut week in style at the Shenzhen Open, defeating Robert Lindstedt and Rajeev Ram 7-6(5), 7-6(4) to lift their first team trophy on Sunday.
"It is a bit of a surprise," said Salisbury. "Even though we were top seeds, there were a lot of other good teams playing here. [It was] our first time playing together but we know each other well, and I think we play, in our game styles, quite similar... We felt confident we were going to match up well together."
The top seeds did not drop a set en route to the title, winning 78 per cent of service points to beat the fourth-seeded duo in one hour and 43 minutes. McLachlan has won both his tour-level titles in Asia, after earning his maiden trophy in Tokyo last year. It is Wimbledon semi-finalist Salisbury's first tour-level doubles crown.
"It was definitely a close match," said McLachlan. "[There was] a lot of good serving from both teams. It was hard to break serve. That's doubles. A lot of close matches come down to a few points and I think today was our day."
Lindstedt and Ram were both bidding to capture the Shenzhen trophy for the second time. Lindstedt, who previously triumphed with Fabio Fognini in 2016, was aiming to add to his lone doubles title this season - and 22 career titles - at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open (w/Inglot). Defending champion Ram, who clinched the title with Alexander Peya in 2017, was also seeking his second trophy of the season - and 16th career trophy - after success at the BMW Open by FWU (w/Dodig).
McLachlan and Salisburg gain 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points and will split $39,760 in prize money. Lindstedt and Ram receive 150 points and share $20,900.
Did You Know?
This is the second straight week a debut pairing has lifted a trophy on the ATP World Tour with victory in two tie-break sets. Last week, Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini also achieved the feat at the St. Petersburg Open.