ATP Doubles: Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo beat top-seeds in Beijing final

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ATP Doubles: Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo beat top-seeds in Beijing final

No. 2 seeds Lukas Kubot and Marcelo Melo beat top-seeded Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic
in the China Open final 6-1 6-4 to claim their third team title of the season. Poland's Kubot and Brazilian Melo got off to a dream start to the Beijing final as they won the opening five games of the match, before sealing the set in the seventh game after converting their first set point.

Austrian Marach and Croatia's Pavic had a good chance to quickly bounce back from a first-set nightmare -- but failed to convert any of their two consecutive break point chances in the second game of the second set.

Last year's Beijing runners-up Kubot and Melo broke Marach and Pavic a couple of games later to take a 4-3 lead and then held on to their serve to claim the 2018 China Open men's doubles title. Kubot and Melo won 84 percent of their first serve points, converted 3-of-5 of their break point chances and saved 2-of-2 of Marach and Pavic's break point opportunities in just over an hour of play.

Elsewhere, fourth-seeded Ben McLachlan and Jan-Lennard Struff defeated No. 3 seeds Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships final 6-4 7-5 to claim the Tokyo men's doubles title. Japan's McLachlan and German Struff got the first break of the match in the ninth game to take a 5-4 first-set lead, before they served out for the set in the following game.

South-African Klaasen and New Zealand's Venus paid the price for not converting any of their two set points in the 10th game of the second set as McLachlan and Venus got the crucial break in the 11th game of the set.

McLachlan and Struff came up big when facing break points as they saved 5-of-5 of Klaasen and Venus' break point chances in an hour and 22 minutes of action. McLachlan, 26, and 28-year-old Struff didn't drop a set on their way to capturing their maiden team doubles title in Tokyo. Full results:


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