The ATP Challenger Split Open concluded with an exciting final in the doubles competition in which Andrej Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovjesov from Kazakhstan won the title.
Golubev and Nedovjesov justified the role of the No 1 seed by winning the Split Open in the final over Szymon Walkow and Jan Zielinski from Poland 7:5, 6:7 (5), 10-5. In a dramatic and quality clash, the nuances decided, in the end, a series of three consecutive points with which the Kazakhstanis took a 6-3 lead in the "super tie break" was crucial.
It was tight in the first two sets, especially in the second in which the Kazakhs failed to realize as many as seven opportunities for a "break", and the Poles three. In the 13th game, Walkow and Zielinski got to the third set, but the winning trophy still went to the favoured Golubev and Nedovjesov. For experienced Kazakhs, it is the sixth joint title in the Challengers.
They will share 2,670 euros and 80 points, while the defeated ones will receive 1,550 euros and 48 points.
Both doubles stay in Split for this year's second Challenger next week - Golubev and Nedovjesov are the No 1 seed in the draw and start against the Croatian combination Borna Gojo - Nino Serdarušić, while Walkow and Zielinski go to the No 4 seed, Purava Raja and Tristan-Samuel Weissborn.