Haase/Oswald Save 2 M.P. To Take Umag Title
Second seeds Robin Haase and Philipp Oswald made sure their first week as a team was a memorable one. Just before midnight on Saturday, they saved two championship points and took the title at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag over top-seeded Austrians Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 6-7(2), 14-12.
Haase/Oswald erased championship points at 8/9 and 10/11 in the Match Tie-break and converted on their third championship point after one hour and 56 minutes. The Dutch-Austrian duo needed Match Tie-breaks for all three of their wins this week. They also saved three match points in their first-round victory over Andrey Rublev and Andrei Vasilevski.
Both Haase and Oswald picked up their first ATP Tour doubles titles of the season. The win also completed a successful title defence for Haase, who prevailed here last year with Matwe Middelkoop.
Marach/Melzer were competing in their first ATP Tour doubles final as a team. Melzer prevailed this year in Marrakesh (w/Skugor) and Sofia (w/Mektic), while Melzer took the title in Geneva (w/Pavic).
Haase/Oswald picked up 250 ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €29,650, while Marach/Melzer earned 150 ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €15,200.