Brazil’s Marcelo Melo became the new individual No.1 in the ATP Doubles Rankings to become the first man in more than three years to overtake a Bryan (Bryan Brothers) and hold the top spot. The man they call “Girafa” cause of his built (6-foot-8, 192 lbs) has found success in 2015 regardless of whoever he has paired with including Max Mirnyi, Ivan Dodig, Julian Knowle, Bruno Soares, Raven Klaasen and Lukasz Kubot.
“I think for Brazil it's going to be huge - said countryman Soares - It's very important for us, for everything that myself, he and Andre [Sa] have been doing for doubles and tennis in Brazil for the past seven or eight years.
We've been representing Brazil worldwide for such a long time at the biggest events. For him now to achieve No. 1 in the world is something really special for him and for us". “Marcelo and I go back a long way - he further added - We've known each other since we were six, seven years old.
We grew up together. We're from the same city [Belo Horizonte], we're from the same club. It's a boy's dream. Once you start playing tennis and start understanding, you have a couple of dreams: winning big tournaments, winning a Slam and maybe one day getting to No.
1. It feels like such a faraway dream and it's just amazing that a guy I know, who is so close to me, achieved that this year. I feel very happy for him and I think he's going to keep doing amazing things in tennis and for Brazil".
“It’s amazing for Brazil - said Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic, himself a former No.
1 - Guga [Gustavo Kuerten] was No. 1 in singles, and now Marcelo is going to be No. 1 in doubles. It’s a great achievement for him. Now with a couple of different partners he’s shown how well he can play. This is a reflection of the whole season.
It’s one thing that nobody can take away from you. I’m really happy for him. It’s also good for our sport to have more No. 1s". “The Bryans are still around, the best team in history - said another doubles specialist - Marcin Matkowski - For Marcelo to be ranked No.
1 ahead of them is a great accomplishment". “For anyone to overcome the Bryans is incredible - Britain’s Jamie Murray said - He’s been playing really well for a long time now. I think he fully deserves to get to No.
1. It’s definitely a very difficult thing to do. Not many people have overcome the Bryans since I’ve been on tour the last eight, nine years". When asked by Melo himself on how he feels, Melo responded, “I'm living the dream, playing three tournaments — winning 500, 1000 and 500 [Emirates ATP Rankings] points again” said Melo, who’s already qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, along with Dodig.
“There was a lot of pressure on my shoulders to become No. 1. This is a tough achievement. I am a really lucky guy to be No. 1 with the Bryans still around”. ALSO READ: Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis Clinch WTA Finals, End Season Unbeaten .