ATP Winston-Salem: Marcelo Arevalo, Matwe Middelkoop claim title

Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Dutch Matwe Middelkoop have captured the Winston-Salem Open doubles title. 

Arevalo and Middelkoop, who were u seeded, edged out Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 6-7 (5) 7-5 10-6 in the Winston-Salem final. 

As not a single break point was seen in the first set — the set went into a tie-break — in which Dodig and Krajicek took an early 4-0 lead, before realizing their second set point to win a tight opener. 

Arevalo and Middelkoop had the first break point of the match in the fourth game of the second set but failed to realize. 

Arevalo and Middelkoop blew two more break points in the sixth game of the second set but also saved a break point in the seventh game. 

Arevalo and Middelkoop also saved a break point in the ninth game, before claiming the first break of the match in the 12th game to force a decider. 

Dodig and Krajicek were 6-5 up after the opening 11 points of the match tie-break but then Arevalo and Middelkoop won five points in a row to finish off the match in style and complete a comeback win. 

Arevalo, Middelkoop react to winning Winston-Salem 

Arevalo and Middelkoop now have two team titles. 

“It is amazing, I am still processing the match,” Middelkoop said, per the ATP website. “It is my 10th title, second title for Arevalo and first as a team. We struggled throughout the whole week, but managed to win the tournament, so it shows how we can bounce back. The future looks very bright.”

Arevalo acknowledged that he and Middelkoop are a tough team to play against. 

“We trusted each other since the first match,” Arevalo added. “We faced a lot of tough moments, match points down in the opening matches. We complement each other in the important moments. Sometimes Middelkoop is playing better, sometimes I am playing better. We are a tough team.”

In the Winston-Salem singles final, Ilya Ivashka will be clashing against rising Swedish star Mikael Ymer. 

Ymer stunned recent Umag champion Carlos Alcaraz in the Winston-Salem semifinal, while Ivashka beat rising star Emil Ruusuvuori.