ATP Finals: Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo clinch year-end No. 1 ranking


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ATP Finals: Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo clinch year-end No. 1 ranking

Top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo have gotten off to a good start at the Nitto ATP Finals.

The Wimbledon champions outclassed No. 7 seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers 7-6 (2) 6-4.

Kubot and Melo opened the first set tie-break with a 4-0 lead and never looked back to seal the opener. 

Dodig and Granollers won three games in a row to make it 4-4 in the second set but then lost the two games in a row and the match eventually.

Kubot and Melo needed a win to clinch the year-end top spot.

Kubot and Melo won 84 percent of their first serve points and saved 3-of-4 of the break points they faced in just over an hour and a half of play.

No. 5 seeds Bob and Mike Bryan have started their Nitto ATP Finals campaign on a good tale as well.

The Bryan Brothers edged fourth-seeded Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 7-5 6-7 (3) 10-8.

Murray and Soares had a 5-4 first set lead -- 40-15 on their serve -- when the Bryans went on to create a big turnaround and steal the opener.

The Bryan Brothers took an early 3-1 second set lead before Murray and Soares broke back to eventually force a tie-break.

Murray and Soares won five points in a row to take a 5-1 tie-break lead as they managed to force a decider 

The Bryans regrouped in style -- opening the super tie-break with a 6-1 lead.

Murray and Soares saved three consecutive match points to reduce the deficit to 9-8 but that was all from them.

Murray and Soares beat the Bryans in Round Robin stage a year ago. 

The Bryan Brothers converted 3-of-3 of their break point chances in an hour and 43 minutes of play.

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