ATP Doubles: Ariel Behar, Pablo Escobar win maiden team title at Delray Beach Open

Behar and Escobar defeated Christian Harrison and Ryan Harrison in the final at Delray Beach.

by Dzevad Mesic
ATP Doubles: Ariel Behar, Pablo Escobar win maiden team title at Delray Beach Open

Uruguay's Ariel Behar and Ecuadorian Gonzalo Escobar edged out home favorite duo Christian Harrison and Ryan Harrison to win their maiden team doubles title at the Delray Beach Open. Behar and Escobar, an unseeded duo, recovered from a set down to beat the American pair 6-7 (5) 7-6 (4) 10-4 in their first ATP doubles final.

"This doesn’t happen every day. We want it to happen a lot of times, but today we’re going to have fun and enjoy it,” Behar said after the match, as quoted on the ATP website. “And then focus on Australia that we have to travel to early”.

The Harrison brothers failed to convert any if their two break points in the sixth game of the first set but realized their first set point in the tie-break to win a tight opener. In the second set, the Harrison brothers saved two consecutive set points in the 10th game -- saved four more set points in the second set tie-break -- before Behar and Escobar converted their seventh set point to force a decider.

Behar and Escobar delivered in the match tie-break

Behar and Escobar got off to a quick 4-0 match tie-break lead and there was no coming back for the Harrison brothers. "We’ve been in this position many times, not in ATP but in the Challengers,” Escobar said.

“I think we’ve worked to be able to deal with it [well] and just try to play every point. And it worked. I think it all comes down to the everyday work, even if it looks like it’s not going to change anything.

“But I think that this week, something clicked, something seemed easier for us. And at the end, we got this title and it’s going to give us a little bit more confidence. I think it’s going to be a great year”.

Elsewhere, No. 1 seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic defeated second-seeded Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek 6-2 6-4 in the Antalya Open final. "It’s a great start and couldn’t be any better, especially because it’s our first tournament together,” Mektic told the ATP website.

Mektic and Pavic claimed two breaks in the first set and one more in the second set en route to easily beating Dodig and Polasek. "It’s always great to start the year like this as we’ve never played together before.

It’s good to get a lot of matches and the goal, for me, is always to reach the [Nitto] ATP Finals, which was in London and now in Torino. It’s a good way to start," Pavic said.

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