Number 2 seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos won the doubles title at the Cincinnati Masters. Granollers and Zeballos secured a narrow victory in the final, edging home favorites Steve Johnson and Austin Krajicek 7-6 (5) 7-6 (5).
Granollers and Zeballos were pressuring Johnson and Krajicek’s serve but failed to get a break. Johnson and Krajicek saved two damage points in Game 5 and one more in Game 7. After saving a total of three break points, Johnson and Krajicek had a set point on Granollers and Zeballos’ serve in Game 12 but failed to convert.
Johnson and Krajicek took a quick 3-0 lead in the tie-break, but failed to hold onto their serve as Granollers and Zeballos won seven of the next nine points to win a tight opener. After winning a tight first set, Granollers and Zeballos won the game’s first break in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead.
However, Johnson and Krajicek remained focused as they immediately fell back in Game 3. As no other break point was seen – the set entered a tie-break – in which Granollers and Zeballos made their first match point to reserve a narrow straight-set victory.
Granollers and Zeballos won the No.2 title in 2021
Granollers and Zeballos have made four finals this season. They finished second in Acapulco and Wimbledon, but won it all at the Madrid and Cincinnati Masters.
Now everything is ready for the Cincinnati Singles Final between Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev. Rublev reached the Cincinnati final after securing his first victory over Daniil Medvedev. “Even when I was down 2-6 it shouldn’t have been like this because the points were so tight,” Rublev said after beating Medvedev on his fifth attempt.
“The match was so intense, so many long exchanges, super hard, super physical, super mental. Kind of like a chess match. “Medvedev is one of those players who won’t give you the chance to attack, but if I have enough power and picked the right time, I have to be the one to run it.
In the end, I was trying to find the perfect time to start being more aggressive in opening the angles. “It gives me more confidence than I can compete with him. There is still so much to improve, but it’s like you pass college and they graduate you.”