Top-seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic edged doubles specialist Max Mirnyi and Austrian Philipp Oswald to win the ASB Classic men's doubles title in their debut appearance as a team in Auckland. The No. 1 seeds earned a 6-4 5-7 10-7 win over Mirnyi and Oswald in the Auckland final to remain perfect this year as the duo also went all the way last week at the Qatar ExxonMobil Doha Open.
Marach and Pavic blew a total of four break points in the first and third game of the first set -- but made no mistakes in the fifth game to break their opponents and take a 3-2 first-set lead -- before serving out the rest of the way to claim the opener.
Marach and Pavic paid the price for blowing a total of three break points in the fifth and seventh game of the second set as Mirnyi and Oswald got their first break of the match in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead. However, Mirnyi and Oswald failed to serve out for the set in the ninth game -- but broke Marach and Pavic once again in the 12th game to force a decider.
Marach and Pavic opened the match tie-break with a 2-0 lead and never trailed during the decider -- Mirnyi and Oswald saved two consecutive match points to reduce the deficit to 9-7 -- but Marach and Pavic didn't blow their third match point.
Marach and Pavic converted 2-of-9 of their break point chances and saved 1-of-3 of Mirnyi and Oswald's break point opportunities during the match. Marach and Pavic -- who booked four wins this week to seal the title -- won only one match in straight sets -- in the quarter-final against Daniel Nestor and Donald Young.
Marach and Pavic will now be hoping to put on a strong campaign at Melbourne Park as they've had a perfect lead-up for the Australian Open. Full result: