Dodig/Krajicek Win Monte-Carlo Crown | ATP Tour

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Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek captured their first ATP Masters 1000 crown as a group Sunday after they saved two match factors to beat Monegasque-Austrian wild playing cards Romain Arneodo and Sam Weissborn 6-0, 4-6, 14-12 on the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters.

In a dramatic remaining on the clay-court occasion, the fifth seeds raced out of the blocks to rapidly clinch the primary set, earlier than they saved two match factors within the Match Tie-break at 9/10 and 11/12 to ultimately advance after one hour and 33 minutes.

“It’s wonderful, I feel,” stated Dodig. “That is the one I used to be lacking in my assortment and I performed the ultimate I feel in 2014. It’s nice. I feel each participant who performs tennis at knowledgeable stage desires to win this match. It’s the primary match on clay, it’s so prestigious and I’m actually, actually glad to have this trophy.”

Monegasque Arneodo was aiming to grow to be the primary dwelling participant to win the title within the Principality within the Open Period (since 1968). The 30-year-old and Austrian Weissborn arrived in Monte-Carlo holding a 2-4 tour-level document, however loved a dream run to the ultimate, upsetting seeds Rajeev Ram/Joe Salisbury and Lloyd Glasspool/Harri Heliovaara.

Backed by vocal help on Courtroom Rainier III, they battled onerous within the title match, however in the end fell brief, with Dodig and Krajicek holding their nerve within the closing phases to triumph.

“I feel Romain and Sam performed wonderful all week,” stated Dodig. “They beat unbelievable groups, among the greatest groups on the planet… They confirmed how good they will play and the [Match Tie-break] was actually thrilling and simply actually glad to win this one in an thrilling match.”

Dodig and Krajicek have now received 5 tour-level titles as a group, with two approaching clay (Lyon 2022). The 38-year-old Dodig, who misplaced within the Monte-Carlo remaining in 2014 with Marcelo Melo, has now clinched six ATP Masters 1000 crowns. Sunday’s success is the 32-year-old Krajicek’s first at this stage.

“We performed nice,” added Krajicek. “I imply, clearly being in an exquisite place like this, it’s onerous to not really feel good. I assumed we performed good tennis all week. Served effectively and performed effectively on the massive moments. At this time, these guys got here up with some good things within the second set and when there’s a tie-breaker it’s at all times a little bit little bit of a coin flip. So that you simply by no means know and it got here down to a couple factors there on the finish. Fortunately, we had been in a position to get it to go our method as we speak.”

The Croatian-American pair is up 13 spots to fourth within the Pepperstone ATP Reside Doubles Groups Rankings following their title success.

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