A fight to the end

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, London

Doubles Final: [TR1] Bob and Mike Bryan (USA) vs. [TR7] Ivan Dodig (CRO) and Marcelo Melo (BRA)

Dodig and Melo wanted to end their year with one title and they played brilliant tennis to steal the first set in a tiebreak. It was not looking good for the Bryans after they lost the set.  Dodig and Melo played alert and aggressive tennis; their return game was spectacular and the Bryans had a difficult time countering the pace of their shots and their intelligent shot selection. Could they keep up that level of play in the second set to claim the victory?

If the Bryans wanted to capture their fourth ATP World Tour Finals trophy, they had to elevate their game. Haunted by the spectre of not winning a single title in 2014, Melo succumbed to doubts twice in the second set on his serve to lose the set. Yet, Dodig and Melo deserve a lot of credit; they competed at a very high level and pushed the Bryans to a super tiebreak.  Both teams fought extremely hard to win this title, albeit for different reasons, the victory would mean a lot to each team. It was a battle to the end and Bob came up big on serve to seal the victory 6-7(5), 6-2, 10-7

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