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Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah beat Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos for the Eastbourne title.

Cabal/Farah Win First Grass Title In Eastbourne

The first-placed team in the ATP Doubles Race to London owns three titles this year

Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah have been competing together for nearly a decade. But on Friday, they accomplished a feat for the first time.

Cabal and Farah defeated Argentines Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos 3-6, 7-6(4), 10-6 to win their first grass-court title at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne. It is the top-seeded duo’s 14th ATP Tour trophy together.

Eleven of the Colombians’ previous tour-level triumphs came on clay. But Cabal and Farah came through two Match Tie-breaks in the tournament to emerge victorious. It is their third title of the season, and they are the No. 1 team in the ATP Doubles Race To London.

“We’re working hard and I feel like those are just numbers for us. The important thing is to keep putting in the work, putting in the work on court, keep surpassing challenges and just have fun out there and compete,” Farah said. “It’s been great. We’ve had a great year and at the end we hope to keep working hard to keep having those results.”

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Last week, Cabal and Farah lost in the first round of the Fever-Tree Championships against Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez, the eventual champions, in Murray’s first tournament since January hip surgery. Cabal and Farah got their revenge in the first round at Eastbourne, beating Murray and Marcelo Melo.

“Andy is one of the Big Four. It was a big, full house, and it was an amazing atmosphere to play him in his hometown in London [last week]. So it was amazing. Any time you can play these Big Four guys, it’s amazing,” Cabal said. “They bring the best out of you every time. It was 50-50 this time with Andy. so hopefully in the future we can take the advantage.

“I’m really happy to see him back. He’s a great guy, a great player and it’s really good for tennis.”

Cabal and Farah won one less point than the second seeds in the final, but they leave the ATP 250 with 250 ATP Doubles Ranking points and will split $38,690. Gonzalez and Zeballos earn 150 points each and a split of $19,830.