ATP Antalya: Jonathan Erlich & Artem Sitak win second grass title

Tennis: Erlich and Sitak beat Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek in the final.

by Dzevad Mesic
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ATP Antalya: Jonathan Erlich & Artem Sitak win second grass title

Israel's Jonathan Erlich and Kiwi Artem Sitak have won the 2019 Antalya Open doubles title after beating Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Slovakia's Filip Polasek in the final 6-3 6-4. Dodig and Polasek twice recovered from a break down in the first set but kept struggling on their serve as Erlich and Sitak made no mistake on their serve in the ninth game after claiming their third break of the set a game earlier.

Dodig and Polasek saved a break point in the seventh game of the second set but couldn't do the same two games later as Erlich and Sitak earned the crucial break before realizing their first match in the 10th game. Erlich and Sitak won 76 percent of their first serve points and converted 4-of-11 of their break point on their way to clinching the win in an hour and 16 minutes of play.

Erlich, 42, and 33-year-old Sitak now have won two titles together as they also made it all the way on the grass courts of Newport last year. On the other side, Dodig and Polasek -- who were playing together for the first time -- fell just short of having a dream team debut.

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