Dutch pair capture Tata Open doubles title with grit
Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop put up a brave show to earn doubles trophy defeating Hugues Herbert and Gilles Simon 7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-5)
Pune: The Netherlands’ pairing of Robin Haase and Matwe Middelkoop showed perfect coordination on crucial moments to oust French duo of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Gilles Simon 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) to lift the doubles title of the ATP 250 Series Tata Open Maharashtra at the Balewadi Tennis Complex here on Saturday night.
Simon, who was aiming for a double, after having beaten Kevin Anderson in the singles final earlier in the evening, could not continue with his affair with Pune as Hasse and Middlekoop looked better in the middle.
First time partners
Herbert and Simon, who were paring for the first time kept things tight in the initial stages of the game but the Dutch duo came out strong in all the departments to walk home with the title.
Hasse and Middelkoop started well with hitting shots on open courts to take first game of the first set easily.
For the next few games, both the teams managed to hold their serves simultaneously to make it 2-all.
With long rallies and half volleys coming in tandem from both the ends both the pairs managed to broke each other’s serves.
Hasse and Middelkoop who were very good in the net play kept things tight hitting shots close to net. Herbert and Simons failed to pick such shots on many occasion.
Slow start for dutch
With set going into tie breaker, Dutch pair, started slowly hitting few shots out of courts but once they found the rhythm, duo wrapped up the first set in 51 minutes with the score line of 7-6 (7-5).
In the second set, Hasse and Middelkoop came out with much better show and engaged opponents in long rallies.
French pair then came out with impressive half volleys but many unforced errors allowed Hasse and Middelkoop to force second set into tie breaker.
In the tie breaker experienced pair of Hasse and Middelkoop opened up with 4-1 and later close the set with 7-6 (7-5) in 49 minutes to clinch the title in some style.
Match went up and down from both the side, really good rallied really good serves, good returns, it was close match but we did not feel better that for sure. We all enjoyed the match every point was great. We decided to start full time to play with each other as Dutch team. We made to US Open quarters and it is great to win this tournament.
— Robin Hasse
I mean the atmosphere was great in the stadium playing with three best athletes. It is honour to play here, this is my fifth doubles title, I will come back here it is great crowd here. Well Giles was hitting shots from the back and Pierre-Hugues is the world class doubles player. The only thing we would have done is to play best tennis. We were lucky in the first set, also lucky in the second set we were break down and Robin played amazing tennis from that moment. Anything can happen in doubles it was mind blowing tennis I want to see highlights.
— Matwe Middelkoop