ATP Shanghai: Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares claim title

Tennis: Pavic and Soares beat defending champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the final to lift their maiden team title.

by Dzevad Mesic
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ATP Shanghai: Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares claim title

Croatia's Mate Pavic and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares have won the 2019 Shanghai Masters doubles title. Pavic and Soares, seeded at No. 8, defeated second-seeded Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the final 6-4 6-2 to lift their first team title.

Pavic and Soares got off to a good start to the match, having broken defending champions Kubot and Melo in the third game to go up by an earliy break. Pavic and Soares failed to convert any of their three break points in the ninth game but kept their focus as they had no problems serving out for the first set in the following game.

Pavic and Soares then eased past the second set with two breaks to claim a straight-set win. Pavic and Soares converted 3-of-9 of their break point chances and saved the lone break point they faced in just over an hour of play.

Pavic, 28, and 37-year-old Soares have been playing together since the Fever-Tree Championships in Queen's. Kubot and Melo also ended runners-up in Shanghai two years.

Bruno Soares Lukasz Kubot Marcelo Melo
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