ATP Doubles: Robin Haase, Matwe Middelkoop conquer Rotterdam

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ATP Doubles: Robin Haase, Matwe Middelkoop conquer Rotterdam

Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop delighted the local crowd in Rotterdam as they beat Lloyd Harris and Tim Puetz 4-6 7-6 (5) 10-5 to win the title. Harris and Puetz claimed the first break of the match in the seventh game and served out for the opener in the 10th game.

Haase and Middelkoop twice blew a break in the second set and even blew two set points in the 10th game but kept their focus as they realized their fourth set point in the tie-break to force a decider. After winning a tight second set, the Dutch pair dominated the match tie-break to complete a comeback win.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Haase said during the post-match press conference, per ATP website. “I think we won three titles before this one and those were all 250s, now a 500 which is more special and at home which makes it even more special.

[It is] just fantastic and I think I can speak for both of us that we are extremely happy”.

Haase, Middelkoop win together again

Haase and Middelkoop, who won three titles together in 2018, captured their first title in four years.

“The fact that we already had such a good run in 2018 and this year we did it again, plus the fact that we beat some top teams, it feels really amazing,” Middelkoop added. “And the fact that we are also did it in Rotterdam, which is a home tournament for us is super special.

I was a ball boy here and now being a trophy holder, and being on the billboards is something very special. I will never forget this moment ever”. Elsewhere, Sebastian Gonzalez and Andres Molteni beat Fabio Fognini and Horacio Zeballos 6-1 6-1 in the Buenos Aires final.

Gonzalez and Molteni claimed two breaks in the first set and three breaks in the second set to earn a dominant win over Fognini and Zeballos. In Dallas, Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer defeated Liam Glasspool and Haari Heliovaara 7-6 (4) 6-4 to win the title.

Arevalo and Rojer won a tight first set after realizing their first set point in the tie-break. Arevalo and Rojer earned the first break of the match in the 10th game of the second set to book a straight-set win.