India's Rohan Bopanna and Dutch Wesley Koolhof enjoyed a perfect team debut in Doha as they started the season with a title. Bopanna and Koolhof, seeded at No. 3, played two matches on Friday and ended on the winning side on both occasions.
Bopanna and Koolhof saw off second-seeded Henri Kontinen and Franko Skugor 7-5 6-2 in the semifinal, before they defeated Luke Bambridge and Santiago Gonzalez 3-6 6-2 10-6 in the final. Great Britain's Bambridge and Mexican Gonzalez saved a break point in the third game, before they claimed the lone break of the first set in the sixth game.
However, losing the first set didn't affect Bopanna and Koolhof, who cruised past the second set with two breaks to force a decider. Bopanna and Koolhof then delivered in the match tie-break as they realized their third championship point to complete a comeback win and seal the title.
Koolhof wasn't surprised after claiming his first title of the season in the opening week as he said, per the ATP Tour: "Last year, I won in Brisbane and three years ago I won in the second week in Sydney. I am always starting off the season well, so I think it is time for holidays again."