Croatia's Ivan Sabanov and Matej Sabanov couldn't hide their happiness after lifting their maiden ATP title at the Serbia Open. The Sabanov brothers, who were unseeded at the Serbia Open, beat Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar in straight sets 6-3 7-6 (5) in the Belgrade final.
The Sabanov brothers earned the first break of the match in the fourth game, before serving out for the set in the ninth game. The Sabanov brothers broke Behar and Escobar in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead but blew two match points in the following game and the set went into a tie-break.
In the tie-break, the Sabanov brothers recovered from a 5-3 deficit to win the title. "It’s definitely been a dream-come-true week for us, it’s been amazing,” Ivan said in their post-match press conference, per the ATP website.
“Since the first match, we beat the third seeds and we realised we have a really good level. We kept playing good, and then everything was like a dream for us. I still don’t even think we realise that we won the tournament.
We could not predict something like this”.
The Sabanov brothers aim more success
"It's difficult to get the [sponsorships] in countries like Serbia and Croatia, but this won’t stop us from doing our thing and becoming good players,” Ivan said.
“And this tournament won’t change us, we’ll still be the same people and work hard for our dream. This is just a small step for our dream”. Elsewhere, Colombia's Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah won the Barcelona Open doubles title.
Cabal and Farah, seeded at No. 1, overcame Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau in straight sets 6-4 6-2 in the Barcelona Open doubles final. Cabal and Farah claimed a break in the opening game of the match and then held on to their serve the rest of the way to win the opener. The Colombians then cruised past the second set as they claimed two breaks to book a straight-set win.