Cabal/Farah Aiming To Stop Mektic/Pavic At US Open
Leading the charge in New York will be the 2019 US Open champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. The fifth seeds, who reached the semi-finals in Cincinnati earlier this month, are aiming to clinch their third major crown, having also triumphed at Wimbledon in 2019. Cabal and Farah will begin their US Open campaign against Polish team Hubert Hurkacz and Szymon Walkow.
The favourites for the title at the Flushing Meadows are Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic. The pair has won nine tour-level trophies this season in their first year together, including three ATP Masters 1000 crowns, Wimbledon and an Olympic gold medal. They will face American wild cards Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow in the first round.
Spanish-Argentine tandem Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos arrive in form. The second seeds won their fourth Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati after advancing to the Wimbledon final in July. Granollers and Zeballos, who start against Argentine duo Facundo Bagnis and Federico Delbonis, have fond memories at the US Open, where they enjoyed a run to the championship match in 2019.
Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert have a strong pedigree at majors, triumphing once at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open and twice at Roland Garros. The third seeds, who won the title in New York in 2015, will be aiming to capture their third tour-level trophy of the season in the next fortnight.Fourth seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury advanced to the last four at the US Open last year and enter with momentum. The American-British tandem clinched their maiden Masters 1000 title as a team in Toronto in August and will be targeting a second major trophy in the next fortnight, after winning the Australian Open in 2020.