New Zealand's Marcus Daniell and Dutch Wesley Koolhof have won the 2019 Sydney International men's doubles title. The unseeded Kiwi/Dutch duo beat fourth-seeded Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-4 7-6 (6) in the Sydney final to win their maiden ATP doubles team title.
Daniell, 28, and 28-year-old Koolhof got off to a great start as they broke their opponents twice in a row to take a 4-0 first-set lead. The No. 4 seeds got one break back in the sixth game but fell short of stealing the first set as Daniell and Koolhof managed to serve out for the opener in the 10th game.
USA's Ram and Briton Salisbury broke the unseeded duo in the sixth game of the second set to take a 4-2 lead before they failed to serve out for the set in the ninth game. The American and his British partner saved four consecutive break points in the 11th game to force a tie-break.
Ram and Salisbury clinched their first set point at 6-5 in the tie-break -- but then lost the following three points and the match eventually. Daniell and Koolhof converted 3-of-7 of their break point chances and saved 3-of-5 of Ram and Salisbury's break point opportunities in just less than an hour and a half of play.
Daniell and Koolhof will now be hoping to make a splash at Sydney International -- where they have been drawn to open their campaign Pablo Cuevas and Leonardo Mayer. Ram, 34, and 26-year-old Salisbury debuted as a pair this week in Brisbane.
They are also set to play in Sydney as they will be meeting Lleyton Hewitt and Jordan Thompson in their opener. Full results:
Marcus Daniell (NZL) & Wesley Koolhof (NED) d.  Rajeev Ram (USA) &  Joe Salisbury (GBR) 6-4 7-6 (6)