Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori shine again

An Italian couple returns to play the final in Paris

by Simone Brugnoli
Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori shine again
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Italian tennis continues to have a crazy time. Italy is off to a great start with the four Slam semifinals in which it will be a major player (between Thursday and Friday): Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori qualified for the final act of the men's doubles at Roland Garros by overcoming the two specialists, number one on the Atp Race, Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden.

It is another historic achievement by the 38-year-old from Bologna and the 29-year-old from Turin, who have become this year one of the strongest pairs in the world in this discipline. The numbers confirm it: after the Internazionali d'Italia, the Italian duo repeated themselves and once again beat the best, winning their second consecutive Slam final.

In fact, already at the Australian Open Bolelli and Vavassori had surprised the competition by going all the way in the event. Italy will return to play the final act in the men's doubles even after 65 years since the last time: in 1959 Nicola Pietrangeli and Orlando Sirola succeeded, before a gap that lasted a very long time.

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It was also a very heavy victory for the personal rankings of the two: Vavassori reached the number 8 position, while Bolelli followed him closely by climbing to ninth. Both have thus rightfully guaranteed themselves the Olympics, which will be played on these very clay courts in Paris.

Bolelli and Vavassori shine once again

There were several key moments in the match: in the first set, down 3-1, Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori found the energy and quality to recover the disadvantage. At 5-5, it was the opponents who were in difficulty and conceded a break point, cynically exploited by the Italians, who were then able to close the match (7-5).

In the second set, the Anglo-Indian pair started very strong but at 3-0 Ebden required the intervention of physiotherapists for a groin problem. This injury did not stop the two, who took the set 6-2, breaking their rivals' serve on another occasion.

The start of the decisive partial was crucial: the Azzurri had moments of great tension in the first round on serve, down 15-30 but then recovered and took home. From then on, they made almost no mistakes, also taking advantage of Ebden's precarious conditions and the tiredness of his teammate Bopanna.

Bolelli and Vavassori took a break ahead (3-1) and extinguished every desperate attempt at a comeback. The final 6-2 gave immense joy to the two Italians and their corner.v

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