No. 4 seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos have won the Rome Masters doubles title after edging out France’s Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin in the final 6-4 5-7 10-8. Chardy and Martin claimed the first break of the match in the fourth game but got broken back immediately in the following game.
Granollers and Zeballos failed to convert a break point in the seventh game but claimed the key break two games later to win the opener. The same scenario happened in the second set as Chardy and Martin broke Granollers and Zeballos in the fourth game but got broken back immediately in the following game.
The Frenchmen earned their second set of the break in the eighth game but then failed to serve out for the set in the following game. Chardy and Martin failed to realize a set point in the 10th game but broke Granollers and Zeballos in the 12th game to force a decider.
The two teams were tied at 8-8 in the match tie-break, before Granollers and Zeballos won two points in a row to seal the title.
Zeballos and Granollers didn’t hide their happiness
Zeballos and Granollers are the only team to have won multiple titles this season.
Zeballos and Granollers needed an hour and 43 minutes of play to claim their third title of the year. Prior to the season suspension, Granollers and Zeballos won it all together in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. “This is one of the best moments in my career,” Zeballos said.
“This tournament has a lot of history. I watched it for many years, since I was a little kid, so this tournament is really important. Winning Rome is a huge thing for me and for sure for Marcel too, so what can I say? I am so happy.
You could see it in our faces when we finished the match”. Meanwhile, Granollers acknowledged he and Zeballos feel comfortable playing on clay. “Before the first clay tournament of the year in Buenos Aires, I was a long time without winning one match on clay.
Last year, I didn’t win a match in all of the clay season,” Granollers said. “After Buenos Aires and Rio, I think we felt very good on court playing together. We both [grew up] playing on clay when we were young and we feel very good on clay.
I think we can play very good and we are very happy to win our third title of the year on clay”. It remains to be seen if Granollers and Zeballos can win the upcoming French Open.