Venus and Harrison claim doubles title

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Michael Venus and Ryan Harrison claimed the Roland Garros men’s doubles title after triumphing over the team of Santiago Gonzalez and Donald Young.

New Zealander Venus and his American partner Harrison won 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 against the Mexican and American duo to claim their first Grand Slam title.

Venus and Harrison were on top for much of the opening set, yet couldn’t take one of four break point opportunities.

The duo eventually prevailed in the tie break by a 7-5 margin, before the second set was equally tight. Young and Gonzalez levelled the match in another tie break 7-4.

The match went with serve in the deciding set, until Venus and Harrison secured a break after a double fault from Gonzalez.

It was the first of three successive breaks after Venus and then Young dropped their serve, before Harrison served out the match at 5-3.

Venus and Harrison have only been together since the start of the clay court season – winning the ATP Tour event in Estoril, during the build-up to Roland Garros.

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