Blumberg/Kecmanovic Make Dream Debut, Win Los Cabos Title

  • Posted: Aug 07, 2022

Blumberg/Kecmanovic Make Dream Debut, Win Los Cabos Title

Debut tandem defeats veterans Klaasen and Melo for the trophy

William Blumberg and Miomir Kecmanovic will never forget their team debut on the ATP Tour.

The American-Serbian pair defeated fourth seeds Raven Klaasen and Marcelo Melo 6-0, 6-1 on Saturday to win Abierto de Tenis Mifel title in Los Cabos.

“I’m happy to do it with Miomir,” Blumberg said. “We’ve been friends for a really long time. I’ve known him since 14, 15, we were juniors. It’s nice to link up again.”

Blumberg has been Klaasen and Melo’s kryptonite in recent weeks. The former University of North Carolina star teamed with Steve Johnson to defeat the veterans 6-4, 7-5 in the Newport final in July.

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The unseeded Blumberg and Kecmanovic saved all five break points they faced while converting six of their 12 chances to lift the trophy after 53 minutes.

It was an impressive run for the first-time tandem, which needed a Match Tie-Break in the first three rounds. They upset top seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Andres Molteni in the semi-finals.

Blumberg is now a three-time ATP Tour doubles titlist, with his previous two titles both coming in Newport. Kecmanovic is a first-time tour-level doubles champion, having entered the week with a 9-23 doubles record.

“It feels amazing to win a doubles title,” Kecmanovic said. “I [don’t really play much [doubles]. I’m happy that I [was] able to capitalise on the opportunity.”

Did You Know?
While this was their professional debut as a duo, Blumberg and Kecmanovic played a junior doubles event in 2015 together. They lost in straight sets in the first round.

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