Facing Max Purcell and Luke Saville—who’ve had a similar career arc—in the final, Gille and Vliegen took the match in straight sets over the Aussies. They continue to aim for a strong finish to 2020, and already through to the second round in Paris.
SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT VIENNA
Even when they weren’t playing together on a regular basis and would just team up for whatever reason, Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot always found success in Vienna. It’s where they won their first title as a team back in 2015—even though they were near the top of the game with other players. They came back to successfully defend their championship a year later under similar circumstances.
Regular partners since 2017, the duo reached the final of the tournament last year. 2020 got off to a slow start with one title amid some early losses before the shutdown. Since tennis has resumed, they finally seem to be back on track during the indoor stretch, coming off a final in Cologne, Germany, and now, finding their winning formula once again in Vienna.