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Venus falls short of Nice doubles win

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 21/05/2016

Warming up for the French Open, New Zealand tennis player Michael Venus and Croatian partner Mate Pavic have lost a marathon doubles final at the ATP tournament in Nice.

The pair came agonisingly close to defending their title but were defeated in the 1hr 26min final by top-seeded Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 4-6 6-4 10-8.

Venus and Pavic looked to have made the decisive break in the third when they edged out to a 5-3 lead, but Cabal and Farah battled back grimly to claim their third title of the year.

Venus and Pavic now travel to Paris for the French Open, with the New Zealander happy to be reunited with his regular partner, Pavic.

"It has been great to be back on court with Mate after not playing together for a little while," he said.

"We did some things well this week, but there are still areas to improve on. Next week is a new tournament, so we need to keep trying to improve and enjoy Roland Garros."

Venus is one of three New Zealanders in the doubles draw at Roland Garros, with Artem Sitak joining American Nicholas Monroe and Marcus Daniell teaming with another American in Brian Baker.

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