19.11.2017 ATP Finals: Runner-up finish for Lukasz/Melo

A great week in London has come to an end for Lukasz and Marcelo Melo. After upsetting a duo of Harrison/Venus in the semifinals, Lukasz and Marcelo fell in the championship match to Henri Kontinen and John Peers 6-4, 6-2.


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It was clear from the opening game that this match would go the way of Kontinen and Peers, who now lead the FedExATP Head2Head rivalry 4-1. While the second seeds held at love in their first two service games, the Polish-Brazilian duo struggled, facing a break point in the first game of the match. And once Kontinen and Peers broke at 2-2, they were clearly in control. The team broke in the opening game of the second set and pulled away from there, Peers putting away a backhand volley for a winner to clinch the victory.

"Maybe we fire up a bit more playing them. I think they're a really tough team," Kontinen said of Kubot and Melo. "We always know playing this team, pretty much all the teams in this tournament, we're going to have to play our best to win. Luckily we were able to do that today."

In the match, Kontinen and Peers lost just three points on their first serve and saved all three break points they faced.

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November 2017