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Venus wins fourth doubles title

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/06/2016

Michael Venus © Getty Michael Venus Kiwi tennis player Michael Venus and Croatian doubles partner Mate Pavic are growing in confidence leading into Wimbledon with a hard-fought victory on grass in the Netherlands.

Venus and Pavic beat Englishman Dominic Inglot and South African Raven Klaasen 3-6 6-3 11-9 at the s-Hertogenbosch tournament for their fourth ATP title of the year.

The win comes just two weeks after the pair were knocked out of the French Open in the first round, and is their first victory on grass.

Venus said the win was a welcome boost just two weeks out from Wimbledon.

"It's a great result. After the disappointment of the French Open, it's nice to come back with a win on grass," he said.

"We know how to play the tiebreaks and feel secure on the tight points, and have confidence from so many matches we've won throughout the year. We're playing well as a team."

Venus won't team with Pavic in their next tournament at Halle, as their rankings of 43 and 39 don't get them in to the main draw.

Venus will instead play with world No.6 singles player Kei Nishikori of Japan, with the pair meeting the strong Colombian team of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah first up.

Another Kiwi doubles combination, Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak, are through to the final of the Stuttgart grass tournament after a 6-3 7-6(4) semi-final win over Romanian second seeds Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau.

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