cinch Championships 2023: Dodig and Krajicek defeat singles stars Fritz and Lehecka to claim doubles title
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Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek have been crowned the 2023 cinch Championships doubles winners after beating singles stars Taylor Fritz and Jiri Lehecka 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-3.
The reigning French Open doubles champions have made a seamless transition fom the clay to the grass, just weeks after lifting their first Grand Slam title together in Paris.
“After the clay this was our first tournament” said Dodig, “we really worked hard and played good tennis even on the grass court. It’s a little bit easier when you’re playing on the best grass in the world.”
Fritz - who is ranked world No.8 in the singles - and Czech Republic’s Lehecka (world No.36) joined forces for the first time this week and enjoyed a stellar journey to the final as they took out some of the most established names in the doubles game, including Neal Skupski & Wesley Koolhof, and Edouard Roger-Vasselin & Santiago Gonzalez.
Entering the contest as the more experienced doubles pair, the Croatian, American duo clinched the opening set before Fritz and Lehecka fought their way back into the contest after the second set tie-break saw them level up the scoreboard to one set apiece.
However, Dodig and Krajicek were dominant behind their serves, winning 80% of points behind their first serve and 73% behind their second across the whole match - eventually proving too strong to break down as they prevailed in the deciding 10-point tie-break.
“Thank you everyone for coming and watching doubles, it was really amazing and a pleasure to play in front of you” said Krajicek, who will become the new doubles world No.1 on Monday.
“It’s amazing, it’s been a great week in London. It’s my first time here at the Queen’s Club and it definitely won’t be my last. Thank you, guys (the crowd), for coming out and making it really special”.
Dodig and Krajicek will now head to the Rothesay International Eastbourne ahead of their Wimbledon campaign, where they will seek to chase a second doubles Grand Slam title together.