Kontinen, Klizan excel at German Tennis Championships in Hamburg
Finnish player Henri Kontinen, fresh off a title win at Wimbledon, has taken the men’s doubles title at the ATP 500 German Tennis Championships in Hamburg with Australian doubles specialist John Peers. Peers, the defending champion at the men’s doubles – having won the title in 2015 with Jamie Murray – joined forces with Kontinen this year.
The two have already played 15 tournaments so far this season, with Hamburg their third title win. Seeded second in Hamburg, the two defeated the Pakistani-Canadian combine of Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi and Daniel Nestor – who were seeded third at the tournament – 7-5, 6-3 in just over an hour.
Kontinen was the first Finnish player to win a Grand Slam title.
Also at the tournament, seventh seed Martin Klizan powered his way to a decisive title win, defeating Argentine Pablo Cuevas in the finals with a thundering 6-1 6-4 win. Cuevas was seeded third at the tournament.
27-year-old Klizan, who has struggled with injury this year, told the ATP World Tour that he had not expected to win going into the tournament. The Slovak dropped only one set in the run-up to the title.
Hamburg marks Klizan’s second ATP title of the year and fifth overall, after he won the ABN Amro tennis tournament in February 2016.