The Argentine tennis player Horacio Zeballos and the Spaniard Marcel Granollers lost today with the Dutch Wesley Koolhof and the Croatian Nikola Mektic by 6-3 and 6-4 in the semifinals of the London Masters doubles (ATP Finals) and said goodbye to the ‘masters’ tournament.
The Mar del Plata Zeballos and Granollers, champions this year at the Argentina Open, in Rio de Janeiro and at the Masters 1000 in Rome, fell in one hour and 13 minutes of play at the London O2 Arena.
The pair appeared in these semifinals with a physical disadvantage, since Granollers suffers an injury to his right shoulder.
Yesterday, due to these inconveniences and as a precaution, they decided to abandon the last match of the group stage against the Austrian Jurgen Melzer and the Frenchman Edouard Roger Vasselin when they were tied 6-6 in the opening set. Today, the Catalan was not in his fullness, he was treated for his ailments but it was not enough.
Qualified in advance after, in the previous match of the group “Bob Bryan”, the Australian John Peers and the New Zealander Michael Venus had snatched a set from the Croatian Mate Pavic and the Brazilian Bruno Soares (top favorites, who won 6-7 , 6-3 and 10-8 but they were eliminated), Zeballos and Granollers could not finish against Melzer-Roger Vasselin due to that injury to the Catalan’s right shoulder.
In the London Masters, a tournament that brings together the eight best couples of the season, Zeballos (35 years old, number 3 in the world doubles ranking) and Granollers beat Peers-Venus in their previous matches 7-6 (7-2 ) and 7-5, and then to Pavic-Soares by 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (4-7) and 10-8.
Zeballos wanted to become the first Argentine tennis player to reach the doubles final in the masters tournament. However, it could not be: the left-hander from Mar del Plata repeated the performance of his compatriots Gastn Etlis and Martn Rodriguez, who reached the semifinals at the 2003 Masters, played in Houston, United States.
The other doubles semifinal will be played by Melzer and Roger-Vasselin against the American Rajeev Ram and the British Joe Salisbury.