ATP Madrid: Horacio Zeballos, Marcel Granollers lift doubles title

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ATP Madrid: Horacio Zeballos, Marcel Granollers lift doubles title

Argentine Horacio Zeballos and Spain's.Marcel Granollers recovered from a set down in the Madrid Masters final claim the double crown. Zeballos and Granollers, seeded at No. 3, beat Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 1-6 6-3 10-8 in the Madrid doubles final.

The two teams were all tied at one game apiece after the opening two games but then Mektic and Pavic claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to claim the opener. However, Zeballos and Granollers responded as they earned their first break of the match in the eighth game of the second set, before serving out for a decider in the following game.

Zeballos and Granollers then converted their third match point in the match tie-break to complete a comeback.

Zeballos and Granollers prevented Mektic and Pavic from title No. 6

Mektic and Pavic have enjoyed the most success this year, having claimed a total five titles so far in 2021.

Now, it's all set for the Madrid singles final between Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini. "It is going to mean a lot to me [if I can win the final]. I am definitely looking forward to it,” Zverev said. “I am definitely looking forward to playing another big final and I hope I can turn it my way this time”.

Meanwhile, Berrettini said: “I saw him, he's playing really good. He's solid. He moves well. For his height, he's really good. He serves well. I mean, he's in the final. He beat Rafa [Nadal] and Dominic [Thiem], probably the best players on clay," Berrettini said.

"It's going to be a challenging match, but I'm in the finals. I guess the best two guys are going to play each other”. Zverev won the 2018 Madrid Masters title after beating Dominic Thiem in the final. On the other side, top-ranked Italian Matteo Berrettini is aiming to lift his maiden Madrid title. Both Zverev and Berrettini are aiming to win their first title of the season.