Pavic To Rise To World No. 1 On Monday Despite Loss
Mate Pavic earned a victory before taking the court on Friday at the Foro Italico. With Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo's loss at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, it is guaranteed that the 24-year-old Croatian will become the 52nd player to reach No. 1 in the history of the ATP Doubles Rankings (since 1976) on 21 May. He will be the youngest doubles No. 1 since Todd Woodbridge in February 1996.
However, Pavic and his partner, Oliver Marach, fell later in the day on Court Pietrangeli against Pablo Cuevas and Marcel Granollers. The Uruguayan-Spanish duo overcame a break deficit in both sets to oust the No. 2 seeds 6-3, 7-6(4) in one hour, 28 minutes. Cuevas and Granollers will play Pablo Carreno Busta/Joao Sousa in the semi-finals, after the Spanish-Portuguese team beat No. 8 seeds Feliciano Lopez/Marc Lopez 1-6, 6-3, 10-4.
Sixth seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah defeated No. 1 seeds Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3, 7-5 in 90 minutes. Kubot needed to better Pavic's result in Rome in order to maintain his spot atop the rankings. The Pole was World No. 1 (or tied for the spot) for 19 total weeks.
Cabal/Farah will next face No. 5 seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, who ousted two-time reigning Nitto ATP Finals champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers 6-4, 2-6, 10-5.