Cabal/Farah First Team To Qualify For Nitto ATP Finals
Colombians will aim to better 2018 semi-final run
Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah will return for the second consecutive year to the Nitto ATP Finals, held at The O2 in London from 10-17 November. The Colombians are the first to qualify for the eight-team field, clinching their berth with a 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 10-8 win over Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov on Thursday at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
"It’s always nice to qualify to The O2 so early into the year," Farah said. "It means that we’ve done really well and that shows all the work we’ve put in. It’s a very good feeling."
"It’s a goal we have in the beginning of the year," added Cabal. "It's amazing. It’s great news for Colombia, for us. I hope we do well over there."
Cabal/Farah made history this season at Wimbledon by becoming the first Colombians to win a Grand Slam men’s doubles championship title. They have excelled on all surfaces this season, also prevailing on grass at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne (d. Gonzalez/Zeballos); on clay at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome (d. Klaasen/Venus) and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. The pair also finished runner-up on hard courts at the Sydney International (l. to Murray/Soares).
"Just to win Wimbledon is amazing, and you’ll have that for the rest of your life," said Farah. "Now you just have to keep working and keep enjoying your matches, competing and giving everything you have. Clearly The O2 is one of those places where you could create very, very good memories and hopefully you can go all the way."
This is the third trip to The O2 for Cabal and Farah. They were non-playing alternates in 2016 and reached the semi-finals last year.
Cabal, 32, and Farah, 31, first joined forces at the ITF Futures level in 2004 and made their tour-level main draw debut in 2011 at Wimbledon. They have won 15 ATP Tour doubles titles together from 34 finals and prevailed in their past four championship clashes.