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Donald Young and Santiago Gonzalez celebrate reaching their first Grand Slam championship doubles final on Thursday at Roland Garros.

Gonzalez/Young Advance To Roland Garros Doubles Final

Mexican-American duo book spot in first team final

Santiago Gonzalez and Donald Young reached their first Grand Slam championship doubles final on Thursday at Roland Garros. The Mexican-American team battled hard to knock out Fernando Verdasco and Nenad Zimonjic 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and 28 minutes for a place in Saturday’s title match.

While Verdasco and Zimonjic clinched the first set, that saw early service breaks, it was Gonzalez and Young who had their 3-1 advantage clawed back in the second set. From 5-5 in the second set, the Mexican and American duo won five straight games to take a 3-0 lead in the decider. Zimonjic, who won the 2010 Roland Garros doubles title with Daniel Nestor, remains on 698 match wins.

Gonzalez has an 11-7 record in doubles finals, including one ATP World Tour 500-level title at the 2011 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (w/Scott Lipsky), but Young lost his only previous final appearance at the 2015 Memphis Open (w/Artem Sitak).

They await the winners of Colombian No. 16 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah or American Ryan Harrison and Kiwi Michael Venus, who contest their semi-final on Friday.

Farah, in partnership with Anna-Lena Grönefeld, finished as runner up to Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski in the mixed doubles final earlier on Thursday.

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