Croatia's Ivan Dodig said he and partner Filip Polasek enjoyed their China Open doubles campaign as the unseeded duo surprised No. 2 seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo to lift their second team title. Dodig and Polasek needed two sets to overcome 2017 Wimbledon champions Kubot and Melo in the Beijing final as they won 6-3 7-6 (4) after an hour and a half of action.
Dodig and Polasek dropped just one set en route to winning the Beijing doubles title. Kubot and Melo were on the verge of forcing a third set but Dodig and Polasek recovered from a 5-2 second set deficit to finish the final in two sets.
"All the week we had a good time. We played good matches,” Dodig said post-match, per the ATP website. “The final was a really exciting match. It was very nice to play in front of a lot of people. We really enjoyed the quality of the match, [it was] very high."
Dodig and Polasek, who recently won it all together at the Cincinnati Masters, now have two team titles in their collection.
We can really appreciate the way we played,” said Polasek. “We practiced hard [in the] past 10 days," Polasek said.
"We had a tough draw and had to fight through every single match. We are happy about the way we performed. It wasn't like one match, it was four good matches in a row."