Granollers saves Navy honor in Cincinnati

Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos They played their tenth final as a couple in a doubles tournament this Sunday. And this figure was even more rounded with the Cincinnati Masters 1,000 title, where they prevailed in a fierce final battle against the Americans Steve Johnson and Austin Krajicek, who arrived extra-motivated after surprising the powerful Colombian duo formed by Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah: double 7-6 in 1 hour and 54 minutes of play. With this result, the Spanish and the Argentine enter the top-5 of the world doubles ranking thanks to their second Masters 1,000 trophy of the season (sixth title as a couple).

Equality was the keynote of the first set, so much so that none of the four tennis players lost their service. Yes, the Hispano-Argentine duo suffered to solve their serve in the twelfth game, where they saved a set point against thanks to a sensational boat soon executed by Granollers. Neither did things go well at the start of the tie-break. They were down 3-0 at one point, including a lost point in which Zeballos slammed the ball into his teammate’s back. But one heroic reaction allowed them to close that three point deficit to score the first set in his first opportunity to the rest.

That positive inertia was transferred to the Spanish and Argentine at the beginning of a second set in which they managed to break the serve of their rivals. Nevertheless, they failed to consolidate the break with Zeballos’ service and put a 0-3 on the scoreboard that would have been almost insurmountable. The American duo, encouraged from the stands by the cheers of their Ohio compatriots, returned the break and took the set to the same outcome: the tie-break. Although Zeballos and Granollers did not change the script to claim victory and their fourth Masters 1,000 title after Canada, Rome and Madrid.

“Winning two Masters 1,000 in one year is amazing and we are very happy. We go day by day and improve as a team. I lost a final here and it is very nice to win it now with Horacio, “Granollers admitted before the organization’s microphones as soon as the game ended.” It is a beautiful feeling to win this title in a week that has been magnificent here with the family, with people in the stands, with the whole team, something we were not used to this year due to the conditions imposed by the pandemic, “added Zeballos. After staying at the gates of glory this year at Wimbledon (they lost in the final), maybe in the US Open take a step forward in their prolific union. New York awaits you …

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