ATP Doubles: Maximo Gonzalez & Fabrice Martin stun No. 4 seeds for Adelaide title



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ATP Doubles: Maximo Gonzalez & Fabrice Martin stun No. 4 seeds for Adelaide title

Argentine Maximo Gonzalez and France's Fabrice Martin stunned fourth-seeded Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek 7-6 (12) 6-3 to lift the title at the Adelaide International. After blowing a total of five set points in the first set -- two in the 10th game and three in the tie-break -- Dodig and Polasek's game fell apart and Gonzalez and Martin took the full advantage of it.

After converting their own fifth set point of the first set, Gonzalez and Martin claimed back-to-back breaks at the beginning of the second set and got off to a comfortable 5-0 lead. However, Dodig and Polasek did manage to get one break back and reduce the deficit but Gonzalez and Martin made no mistake whIle serving second time for the match.

Gonzalez and Martin, who were playing together for the first time, had a dream team debut in Adelaide as they didn't drop a single set en route to winning the title. Elsewhere, home favorite Kiwi Marcus Daniell fell just short of winning it all in Auckland after he and his Austrian partner Philipp Oswald suffered a 7-6 (3) 6-3 loss in the final against Luke Bambridge and Ben McLachlan.

Bambridge, 24, and 27-year-old McLachlan blew an early first set break kept their focus as they cruised past the tie-break to win a tight opener. No break points were seen in the second set until the eighth game, when Bambridge and McLachlan earned the lone break of the set to clinch their fourth straight-set win of the week and win the tournament without a set dropped.

Bambridge and McLachlan put up a good serving display in the final as they hit eight aces and won 80 percent of their first serve points en route to sealing their maiden team title in just less than an hour and a half of play.