Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah Become First Colombian Players to Win a Grand Slam Men’s Doubles Title at Wimbledon

Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah are coming home as heroes…

In their 31st Grand Slam appearance as a team, the 33-year-old Colombian tennis player and his 32-year-old compatriot became the first Colombian players to win a Grand Slam men’s doubles title on Saturday at Wimbledon.

Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah

Cabal and Farah,the second seeds at the All England Club, defeated Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 7-6(6), 6-7(5), 6-3 to lift their first major trophy after four hours and 57 minutes, extending their tour-level winning streak to 10 matches. 

Before claiming their maiden grass-court tour-level title at the Nature Valley International last month, Cabal and Farah had never earned more than two straight tour-level match wins on the surface as a team.

“For Colombia, it’s huge… We just won Wimbledon for Colombia,” said Cabal. “It’s huge. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s huge for our country. I hope everybody enjoys us.”

The Colombian pairing, which improves to 34-10 this season, has now clinched four tour-level crowns this season following title runs in BarcelonaRomeand Eastbourne

Cabal and Farah own 15 team trophies from 31 championship matches.

Cabal and Farah receive 2000 ATP DoublesRanking points and split £540,000 in prize money. 

“To do this for Colombia… it’s just crazy. I mean, to be part of it is just amazing,” said Cabal.

Marc Lopez & Feliciano Lopez Win Their First-Ever Grand Slam Doubles Title at the French Open

The third time’s the charm for Marc López

The 33-year-old Spanish tennis player and his compatriot Feliciano Lopez won the French Open on Saturday for their first Grand Slam doubles title, denying Bob and Mike Bryan a 17th major trophy.

Marc Lopez & Felciano Lopez

It was Marc Lopez’s third Grand Slam final appearance, having finished runner-up at Roland Garros and at the US Open two years ago alongside Marcel Granollers. It was Feliciano Lopez’s first Grand Slam doubles final.

The duo became the first Spanish pair to win at Roland Garros in 26 years with a 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 victory over their American rivals.

Marc Lopez & Felciano Lopez

The No. 15 seeds played together only once before at a major tournament and had to struggle to get to the final.

They saved six match points in their quarterfinal win over 2014 champions Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin. They went to three sets before downing defending champions Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in the semifinals.

The Bryans, the most successful pairing of all time, were seeking a third title on the red clay following victories in 2003 and 2013.

“The tough thing about us is that if we don’t leave with the big trophy it’s devastating,” Bob Bryan said. “We have high standards, and sometimes that makes it not fun, because we can’t get any kind of enjoyment out of a final or semi like maybe some other players.

“You know, that’s the burden that we carry. We’re feeling that pain right now. We don’t take any solace out of leaving with the square plate.”

Feliciano Lopez sealed the Spaniards’ win with an ace, and both partners fell on their backs in jubilation.

“You can’t imagine what it means to win a Grand Slam for the first time, against the best players in the sport,” Feliciano Lopez said.

The fifth-seeded Bryans saved a match point in the tiebreaker before evening it 1-1 in sets, but their rivals returned better in the decider and converted two of three break points.

“Winning a Grand Slam is something amazing, and I didn’t have a Grand Slam victory on my résumé,” Marc Lopez said. “Roland Garros is my favorite tournament. It has been the case for quite a long time. When I was a kid, I was watching the matches of great champions, the Spanish champions.”

The previous Spanish doubles team to win the French Open was Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez in 1990.

López Reaches First Grand Slam Final Ever in French Open Men’s Doubles

Feliciano López has reached his first Grand Slam final…

The 34-year-old Spanish tennis player and his compatriot Marc López defeated defending champions Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 on Friday to reach their first French Open final as a team.

Marc Lopez & Feliciano Lopez

Dodig and Melo saved two match points serving at 4-5 in the deciding set, but succumbed two games later.

It will be Marc Lopez’s third Grand Slam final appearance, having finished runner-up at Roland Garros and at the US Open two years ago alongside Marcel Granollers.

Feliciano Lopez is into his first Grand Slam final since finishing runner-up at the 1998 Roland Garros junior doubles tournament.

Lopez/Lopez are aiming to become the first all-Spanish team to win the Roland Garros doubles title since Sergio Casal/Emilio Sanchez in 1990.

They saved six match points in their quarterfinal win over 2014 champions Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

The Spaniards will face Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, who raced to the finish in a 7-5, 6-1 semifinal win against Lukasz Kubot and Alexander Peya.

del Potro Reaches Swiss Indoors Final

Juan Martín del Potro is back in familiar territory…

The 25-year-old Argentine tennis star outlasted Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Saturday to reach his second straight final at the Swiss Indoors.

Juan Martin del Potro

The top-seeded del Potro, currently ranked No. 5 in the world, came back strong after a dip in play in the second set, and brushed aside the 65th-ranked Frenchman in the deciding set.

“I made a lot of mistakes in the end of the second set,” said del Potro. “He was there taking chances. He has nothing to lose in this match.”

del Potro is gunning for his fourth title of the year, after winning titles in Tokyo, Washington, DC and Rotterdam.

He’ll play Roger Federer in the finals, a rematch of last year’s championship. del Potro won that match 6–4, 6–7, 7–6 to unseat the two-time defending champion.