Martin/Gonzalez Take Adelaide Doubles Title
Maximo Gonzalez/Fabrice Martin saved their best tennis for last on Saturday at the Adelaide International, sprinting to the title with a 7-6(12), 6-3 victory against fourth seeds Ivan Dodig/Filip Polasek.
Gonzalez/Martin saved five set points in a wild opening set. They erased two while serving at 5-6, then fought back from 6/7, 8/9, and 9/10 in the tie-break before converting their fifth set point to grab the early advantage. The unseeded pair raced to a 5-0 lead in the second set before wrapping up the win in one hour and 46 minutes. Gonzalez/Martin didn’t drop a set throughout the week.
"First tournament [I played] together with Fabrice, I think we did well. We had an amazing week in Adelaide and I hope to come back next year," said Gonzalez.
The Argentine-French pair earned its first ATP Tour team doubles title. Gonzalez excelled last year during the Golden Swing, prevailing in Buenos Aires (w/Zeballos), Rio de Janeiro (w/Jarry) and Sao Paulo (w/Delbonis). Martin enjoyed success with fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. They earned titles in Marseille (d. Middelkoop/McLachlan) and Estoril (d. Bambridge/O’Mara), in addition to finishing runner-up at Roland Garros (l. to Krawietz/Mies).
"It was amazing," said Martin. "First week for us, we right away got along really well and we felt really good from the start."
Dodig/Polasek built on the momentum from their outstanding 2019 season. The Croatian-Slovakian duo earned their first ATP Masters 1000 title together in Cincinnati (d. Cabal/Farah), reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon and qualified for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals.
Gonzalez/Martin earn 250 FedEx ATP Doubles Rankings points and split $30,900. Dodig/Polasek pick up 150 ATP Doubles Rankings points and split $15,840.