By Glenys Furness
- Brydan Klein & Joe Salisbury win title in Stockton
- Fourth seeds claim title without dropping a set
STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA, USA Brydan Klein & Joe Salisbury claim their maiden ATP Challenger title together without dropping a set.
Brydan Klein & Joe Salisbury were seeded fourth in the Stockton challenger. Their first round opponents were a wildcard pairing of Akram El Sallaly & Bernado Oliveira. The Brits made a slow start, unable to break Sallaly & Oliveira until right at the end of the set.
The second set was a little easier for the Brits as they broke the Egyptian/Brazilian team early, and consolidating the break with a service hold. Klein & Salisbury went on to take the match and book a spot in the quarter-finals 7-5, 6-4.
Their quarter-final opponents were Nikola Milojevic & Jan Satral. The seeds had little trouble in the first set overcoming the Serbian/Czech team and breaking them twice sealing the set. The second set and the Brits were in control, breaking only once but this was all that was required to seal the win 6-3, 6-4.
In the semi-final Klein & Salisbury were up against the top seeds of Neal Skupski & John-Patrick Smith. The top seeds pushed the fourth seeds hard and both sets went to tiebreaks. The Brit/Australian pairing just could not get anything on the Brits serve. In the tiebreaks the fourth seeds secured the mini break needed and sealed a final spot 7-6(7), 7-6(5).
The final saw the Brits against Denis Kudla & Mikelis Libietis who had come through qualifying and reached the final. The American/Latvian pair were not able to get into the match in the first set, as the Brits stormed into the lead.
The second set was a little closer, but the fourth seeds were not going to be denied and broke serve just when needed to seal the win 6-2, 6-4.
The title is the first ATP Challenger title together, although both have other ATP Challenger titles to their names. Klein now has nine titles, whilst Salisbury now has five titles.
Doubles Round Up
Luke Bambridge with David O’Hare lost in the first round of Stockton 6-7(7), 5-7
Aljaz Bedene with Roberto Bautista Agut lost in the first round of Beijing 4-6, 4-6.
Dom Inglot with Daniel Nestor lost in the semi-final of Tokyo 7-6(3), 1-6, 9-11.
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares lost in the final of Tokyo 4-6, 6-7(1).
Anna Smith with Nicole Melichar lost in the first round of Beijing 6-3, 2-6, 10-12.
Heather Watson with Sloane Stephens lost in the second round of Beijing 3-6, 4-6.
Next week Brits play in Shanghai, Linz, Fairfield & Ortisei
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