John Peers (ATP 28) and Michael Venus (ATP 10) won the doubles at the European Open against Rohan Bopanna (ATP 37) and Matwe Middelkoop (ATP 50). The set results were 6/3 and 6/4. Striking: Peers and Venus did not lose a single set at this tournament.
On Sunday 25 October, the first final of the European Open was played. The last match of the doubles took place at Center Court at 14:00. Rohan Bopanna (ATP 37) and Matwe Middelkoop (ATP 50) took on John Peers (ATP 28) and Michael Venus (ATP 10). In the end, Peers and Venus were able to beat the slightly less strong Bopanna and Middelkoop in two sets. In the first set of the match, Peers and Venus could easily keep their serve game and on top of that go through the serve of Bopanna and Middelkoop twice to win the set 6/3. In the second set both duos were able to keep their serve game for a long time but the Indian-Dutch duo had to bend at 4/4 and came 5/4 behind. Peers and Venus got the chance to serve for the match, which they brilliantly succeeded in.
For the Indian-Dutch duo it’s the first time they reach the finals in the doubles. To reach the finals at the European Open, they have already beaten some of the best. Against fourth seeded Murray/Skuspki they won in their first round. Then Bopanna and Middelkoop knocked the Belgian duo and Gillé and Vliegen out of the tournament. Middelkoop was in the final of the ATP-tournament in St. Petersburg last week, but could not conquer the victory and became second in the tournament.
John Peers (ATP 28) and Michael Venus (ATP 10) haven’t lost a single set at the European Open yet. With a flawless performance in Antwerp, they put their third tournament victory of the season in their pocket. At the moment they are sixth on the ATP double ranking and are trying to qualify for the Nitto ATP finals in London.