Croatia's Mate Pavić and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares captured their first doubles title at the Rolex Shanghai Masters on Sunday, after competing in just their eighth event together.
The Croatian-Brazilian duo snapped defending champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo’s eight-match winning streak at the ATP Masters 1000 event, breaking serve on three occasions to lift the trophy after one hour and nine minutes of play.
“We have been playing well for a while already. It's a pretty new partnership, but we weren't winning that many matches,” said Soares. He added that the recipe for success was to trust one another and work hard towards their common goal.
Pavić, a seasoned doubles player, owns a 15-18 record in tour-level doubles finals after picking up his second ATP title this year. The 26-year-old from Split, Croatia, who also claimed the doubles title in Geneva with partner Oliver Marach back in May, improves to 1-1 in Masters 1000 finals.
“We played all the matches pretty good,” said Pavić. “Besides the semi-final, we didn't drop a serve for four matches. So everything was just working." Pavić credited the win to the excellent chemistry between him and Soares, saying it had been a fun week for the pair.
Pavić and Soares, the tournament's eighth seed, earn 1000 ATP Doubles Ranking points and split more than 400,000 USD in prize money.
Source: ATP Tour
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