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Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers barely put a foot wrong on Tuesday in the first set against Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic at the Nitto ATP Finals.

Granollers/Zeballos Still Perfect In Turin, Qualify For Semi-finals

Spanish/Argentine team wait on night session match

Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos improved to 2-0 in Green Group doubles play on Tuesday at the Nitto ATP Finals. The fourth-seeded Spanish/Argentine team defeated top-seeded Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 6-4, 7-6(4) in one hour and 41 minutes at the Pala Alpitour in Turin.

Granollers and Zeballos, who are now 26-11 together this season with two ATP Masters 1000 titles, qualified for the semi-finals on Tuesday night when sixth seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek beat eighth seeds Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau.


Two double faults from Mektic in the third game provided Granollers and Zeballos the first break and through clear tactics of well-placed serving, they barely put a foot wrong in the 36-minute opener.

The match came alive at 3-3 in the second set, when Granollers saved a deciding Deuce point, then Pavic saved three break points from 15/40 in the next game. At 4-5, Zeballos saved two set points with big serves from 30/40 and it was a Granollers volley winner that closed out victory in the tie-break.

Granollers and Zeballos won Masters 1000 trophies in 2021 at the Mutua Madrid Open (d. Mektic/Pavic) and at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati (d. Johnson/Krajicek). They were also finalists at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC in Acapulco (l. to Skupski/Skupski) and at Wimbledon (l. to Mektic/Pavic).

Mektic and Pavic, who are 1-1 in round-robin play in Turin, have a 60-12 match record this year. The pair, who have already finished at year-end No. 1 in the FedEx ATP Doubles Team Rankings, have won nine tour-level titles as a team in 2021.