First trophy at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open was lifted by Jiri Vesely/Roman Jebavy. The Czech pair had a stunning performance as they dropped a double bagel – 6-0, 6-0 – on homecrowd favorite Tuna Altuna and Italian partner Alessandro Motti in the final.
Vesely and Jebavy, who knocked out second seeded pair Santiago Gonzalez/Dominic Inglot in the quarterfinals, needed only 41 minutes to reach their first title as a team. This is the second doubles title for Vesely as Jebavy claimed his first career doubles crown.
It was the first double bagel in an ATP World Tour final since 2010, when Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach did not drop a game in winning the Acapulco title. (defeating Fabio Foginin/Potito Starace)
“WAS EASIER THAN EXPECTED”
Stating that they weren’t expecting this kind of a scoreline, “It was definitely much easier than expected. We had a very good harmony thoughout the week. We are leaving Istanbul with nice memories” close friends Jebavy and Vesely said in the presser.
Despite feeling dissapointed with their performance in the final, first-time partners Altuna and Motti, who never progressed beyond the quarterfinals before this week, called it an “amazing week” where they earned all three wins in match tie-break to reach the final.