A stubborn refusal to give up took Evan King and Benjamin Lock to a dramatic victory in the men's doubles tournament.
Having twice won super tie-breaks to reach the Launceston final, the trans-Atlantic twosome completed their personal hat-trick by fighting back from 8-5 down with five straight winners to win 3-6, 6-3 10-8 against Kimmer Coppejans, of Belgium, and Spaniard Sergio Martos Gornes.
"Evan also saved a match point in the first round so we went from one point away from going out to winning the tournament," Lock said. "Tennis is a crazy sport."
The tall, blond 26-year-old Zimbabwean combined with left-handed American King to cap a memorable maiden title together.
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"We squeaked out a lot of tight matches but did not put pressure on ourselves. This is my first challenger title, so it's massive for me. I had lost two finals before in 10-point tie-breaks."
King added: "We had lost three first sets getting here so we'd been in that position before, plus we are extremely good friends so we can stay loose even if we are 8-5 down in a tie-break."
The 27-year-old said the balmy Tasmanian summer represented a welcome break from his homeland.
"I'm from Chicago and it's below freezing, snowing and horrible there at the moment so it's great to be here.
Tennis is a crazy sportDoubles winner Benjamin Lock
"The tournament was a ton of fun. Everyone is super nice here and the tournament is just awesome."
A cosmopolitan final featured players of four nationalities from three different continents hosted by a fourth with Hobart's Michael Lynch providing a home-state angle as the coach of of Coppejans.
The Europeans were looking comfortable up a set and with the second going on serve until Martos Gornes dropped serve and then his bundle in the fourth.
The pair bounced back to take a firm grip of the tie-break before King and Lock stormed home.
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