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Dlouhy-Hanley Win First Team Title In Brisbane


Dlouhy, Hanley© Getty ImagesLukas Dlouhy and Paul Hanley won their first title on their team debut.

Third seeds Lukas Dlouhy and Paul Hanley made the perfect start to their partnership as they won their first ATP World Tour doubles title on Sunday at the Brisbane International. The Czech-Australian duo had won the first set 6-4 against fourth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau when Lindstedt was forced to retire with a left calf injury.

“Obviously it’s a little disappointing to win the final like we did,” lamented Hanley. “But we played really well I think in all our matches. Sometimes you don’t have to play your best tennis to win the tournament and that’s what happened obviously today. But we played some great tennis before today’s final and there are a lot of good things that we can look back on.

“It’s tough too sometimes. We struggled early, we saw he was struggling out there and that can be sometimes mentally a little bit frustrating. But we did really well, concentrated hard and once we got our momentum going we really kept it up and got that first set.”

The 33-year-old Hanley, who confirmed he and Dlouhy will play together at least through the Australian summer, won his 24th ATP World Tour doubles title, while the 27-year-old Dlouhy won his ninth tour-level title from 21 finals.

Swedish-Romanian duo Lindstedt and Tecau were bidding to win their fifth ATP World Tour doubles title together since beginning their partnership in April 2010.

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