ATP Houston: Santiago Gonzalez and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi win title


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ATP Houston: Santiago Gonzalez and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi win title

Mexican Santiago Gonzalez and Pakistan's Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi have won the 2019 Houston men's doubles title. Gonzalez, 36, and 39-year-old Qureshi came from a set down to beat fourth-seeded Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski in the Houston final 3-6 6-4 10-6.

The Skupski brothers saved a break point in the sixth game before they broke Gonzalez and Qureshi in the following game to take a 4-3 first-set lead. The Britons then held on to their serve in the following game before they broke Gonzalez and Qureshi once again in the ninth game to seal the opener.

Gonzalez and Qureshi saved a break point in the fourth game before they got their first break of the match in the seventh game of the second set to go 4-3 up. Gonzalez and Qureshi forced a decider after winning the 10th game of the second set on a deciding point.

Gonzalez and Qureshi continued their run at the beginning of the third set as they led 6-2 after the opening eight points but the Skupski brothers won the following three points to reduce the deficit to 6-5. Yet, the Britons never leveled the result as Gonzalez and Qureshi kept their focus to seal the deal and win their first doubles team title on the clay of Houston.

Gonzalez and Qureshi converted 1-of-3 of their break point chances and saved 2-of-5 of the break point opportunities they faced in just less than an hour and a half of action. The Skupski brothers played alongside each other for the first time since February and the Delray Beach Open. The Britons have now lost back-to-back finals as they also ended runners-up in Delray Beach.