Marcelo Arevalo/Matwe Middelkoop Capture Winston-Salem Trophy | ATP Tour

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Marcelo Arevalo and Matwe Middelkoop defeat Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek on Friday at the Winston-Salem Open to lift the trophy.


Arevalo and Middelkoop saved four match points en-route to the final

Marcelo Arevalo and Matwe Middelkoop battled back to defeat Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 6-7(5), 7-5, 10-6 Friday at the Winston-Salem Open to clinch their first title as a team this season.

Arevelo of El Salvador and Middelkoop of the Netherlands were competing in their maiden final of the year as a team, having reached semi-finals in Marbella in April and Rome in May. The unseeded pair won 84 per cent (46/55) of their first-serve points and saved both breaks point they faced to secure their victory in one hour and 53 minutes.

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Arevelo and Middelkoop, who made their team debut in 2020 at the Rolex Paris Masters, saved three match points in their first-round match and one match point in their quarter-final victory en route to the trophy.

It is the second final Middelkoop has competed in this year, after enjoying a run to the championship match in Kitzbühel with Roman Jebavy in July. Arevalo reached the semi-finals in Cincinnati last week with Italy’s Fabio Fognini.

Dodig and Krajicek were teaming for the first time this week. The Croatian-American tandem did not drop a set en route to the championship match, upsetting top seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the semi-finals.

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