ATP Sydney: Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo kick off season with title


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ATP Sydney: Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo kick off season with title

Top-seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo defeated German Jan-Lennard Struff and Serbia's Viktor Troicki to capture the Sydney International men's doubles title. Struff and Troicki stood no chance in the Sydney final as Kubot and Melo lost just seven games on Friday to take a 6-3 6-4 win.

The No. 1 seeds converted their second break point chance of the match to take a 3-1 first-set lead -- and then held on to their serves the rest of the set to take the opener. The 2017 Wimbledon champions saved a break point in the fourth game of the second set to make it 2-2 and prevent Struff and Troicki from getting their first break of the match.

Kubot and Melo then got the deciding break in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead -- before they saved a break point in the 10th game to seal the win. Kubot and Melo converted 2-of-3 of their break point chances and saved each two of Struff and Troicki's break point opportunities during the match.

Kubot and Melo won only three matches this week as they had a bye first-round and received a free pass into the semi-final after a quarter-final withdrawal from Damir Dzumhur and Roman Jebavy. Kubot and Melo will now be hoping to remain undefeated this year and win it all at the Australian Open.

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