It's a wild journey that's taken Austin Krajicek and Ivan Dodig to the ATP Finals. They weren't even a team at the start of the season, first pairing up during April's Serbia Open in Belgrade and getting off to a slow start initially.
Now, they're the fifth-ranked team in the world and have qualified for Turin. They're refusing to sound surprised about it, though.
"I would have said, yeah, that's what we're planning," joked Krajicek, speaking to TENNIS.com, though admitting they were "definitely a little bit behind" when they started playing together the second quarter of the season.
The pair enjoyed some mid-season success, winning Lyon and reaching finals at Roland Garros and Washington, D.C. They surged when the tour moved indoors after the US Open, finishing runner-up in Florence, picking up titles in Naples and Basel and adding a 1000-level final in Paris.
"Yeah, we are very happy. We achieved something that is not easy to do, in half a year, to come to the Masters Finals," said Dodig. "We have to be happy. We played really good tennis.
"Four finals, two titles. Excited and happy to be here."