William Blumberg/Steve Johnson climbs to Newport title | ATP tour


William Blumberg and Steve Johnson capped a dream first team tournament on Sunday at the Infosys Hall of Fame Open in Newport, where local favorites upset Raven Klaasen and Marcelo Melo to lift the trophy at the ATP 250 event.

Blumberg and Johnson triumphed 6-4, 7-5 in the championship game against the top-seeded South African-Brazilian duo on grass in Rhode Island.

“It’s a great event to win. It’s fun to win here in the Hall of Fame, and I have one of each here,” said 2018 singles champion Johnson. “I’m pretty happy with it.

“I wanted to play with Will [before], and it just hasn’t worked in the past. This year, it worked. It’s a good series, 4-0, and we will try to continue. »

A deep solitary break in each set was enough for the American pair to secure an 82-minute victory. Blumberg and Johnson were a constant threat in the return games, carving out 17 total break point chances while only facing four against their own delivery.

“I’ve said it all week, he’s an amazing guy, and there he helps me a lot,” Blumberg said. “He calms me down. He knew in the last game I would be a little nervous, and he slows me down. That gave me confidence in those big moments. He said ‘If it’s open, hit it.’ He’s an incredible player and I really couldn’t have done it without him.

After edging out Jason Kubler and Jordan Thompson in a first-round match tie-break thriller on Tuesday, fourth seeds Blumberg and Johnson haven’t dropped a set en route to the title in Newport.

This is the second doubles title on the ATP Tour for both players. Blumberg was defending his 2021 title, won alongside Jack Sock, this week in Newport. Johnson was in her eighth tour-level doubles final on Sunday, but her 2016 victory in Geneva alongside Sam Querrey was her only previous doubles crown.

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