by ATP staff. Eleventh seeds Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin became the first French doubles champions at Roland Garros since 1984 on Saturday evening in Paris as they defeated Spaniards Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers 6-3, 7-6(1).
The last French pair to triumph at Roland Garros had been Henri Leconte and Yannick Noah. Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin are just the fourth French duo in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam championship. Granollers and Lopez were also contesting their first major final, having ousted the defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the quarter-finals. The Spaniards won their biggest title to date at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (d. Bhupathi/Bopanna).
Granollers/Lopez To Face French Duo In Final
Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez reached their first Grand Slam final on Thursday at Roland Garros as they defeated Marin Draganja and Florin Mergea 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in 90 minutes. They had upset top seeds and defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the quarter-finals.
Granollers and Lopez won their biggest title to date at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (d. Bhupathi/Bopanna). As a team they have won four ATP World Tour titles, including victory at the 2012 Internazionali BNL d’Italia, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament in Rome.
In the final, Granollers and Lopez will take on 11th-seeded French duo Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who also reached their first major final as they fought from a set down to defeat Andrey Golubev and Samuel Groth 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 47 minutes.
Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin are bidding to become the first French doubles champions at Roland Garros since 1984, when Henri Leconte and Yannick Noah hoisted the trophy. Last year, home hopes Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut were beaten in the final by the Bryans.
Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin won their first ATP World Tour team title earlier in the season on home soil, beating Paul Hanley and Jonathan Marray in the Marseille final.
Raonic overcomes Marcel in straight sets
Paris. The 23-year-old Raonic hit 54 winners, restricting Marcel to just 14, and broke his Spanish opponent four times from five opportunities to cruise to victory in one hour and 54 minutes.
Marcel beats Klizan to reach 4th round in RG
Marcel advanced for his first time to the 4th round at Roland Garros as he dismissed Martin Klizan 6-7 6-2 7-6 7-5.
"It's a great feeling," said Marcel. "I'm very happy with the level I'm playing [at this year], and I think it's just showing in the results. I think that's just a consequence of all the work I have been putting in with Fernando. I think I played the important moments well," said Granollers. "There were a few moments where I'd be up quite handily on my serve, and I'd sort of drift away for a little bit, but when it came down to the wire I was playing those moments well."
RG 2014 day 6
Marcel took the third set 7/6 just before the darkness has caught up on the players. Marcel's clash with Klizan will be resumed tomorrow.
Roland Garros 2014
In the first round Marcel wasn't tested at all as his Croation opponent had to retire at 2 all in the first set. This will be different for sure in the 2nd round where Marcel will face Ukrainians top player Alexandr Dolgopolov.
Roland Garros 2014
Marcel will start the tournament facing in singles Croatian Ivan Dodig. In doubles he will team up with his long time partner Marc Lopez.
Casablanca - MARCEL SETS ALL SPANISH FINAL
World No. 36 Marcel Granollers reached his seventh ATP World Tour final on Saturday as he defeated Federico Delbonis 6-1, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca.
The fourth-seeded Spaniard improved to a 2-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record over Delbonis as he claimed victory in 75 minutes, converting five of his seven break point chances. “I started the match very well, but Federico came back strongly in the second set and I was leading 4-2 before he broke back,” said Granollers.
“I’m happy that I managed to win in two sets and I’m looking forward to a Spanish final tomorrow.”
In an all-Spanish final, Granollers will face eighth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who ended the run of newcomer Roberto Carballes Baena with a 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-4 victory.
Carballes Baena was contesting his first ATP World Tour semi-final after qualifying into the main draw. The 21 year old had never won a tour-level match prior to this week.
The 28-year-old Granollers is looking to win his fifth ATP World Tour title and fourth on clay. Garcia-Lopez won their only previous meeting, which came four years ago in Casablanca. The 30 year old finished runner-up in two ATP World Tour finals last year in St. Petersburg (l. to Gulbis) and Bucharest (l. to Rosol) and is looking to win his first title since 2010 in Bangkok (d. Nieminen).
"Of course it's going to be a different match," said Garcia-Lopez of his upcoming encounter with Granollers. "We're in a final now. He's playing really well and motivated. He's going to be really dangerous. I have to be focused and play well."
Marcel recharges his batteries!
Before the European clay court season Marcel has decided to take a short break to recharge his batteries. It is very exhausting for him to play singles and doubles at all tournaments. Therefore Marcel and his coach have decided to take a break and get Marcels energy level back to 100%.
Granollers/Lopez Capture Buenos Aires Title
by ATP Staff
Granollers and Lopez completed an impressive run through the Buenos Aires draw, which saw them not relinquish a set all week. The title is their first since claiming the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals crown in London in 2012.
Both players captured their 10th individual doubles crowns with the win. Granollers had previously won in Buenos Aires in 2009, alongside countryman Alberto Martin.
“The key was we were very solid with our serve,” said Granollers to ATPWorldTour.com. “We played a very tough match against Pablo and Horacio. We were a few break points down in the first and second sets and I think we finished very strong.”
Top seeded Granollers/Lopez face Bagnis/Delbonis
Marcel was a bit upset after his easy loss to Pablo Andujar but now he is ready to reach out for the doubles crown. The former Masters Champions start the doubles tournament today with thier first round match against the Argentinians Bagnis/Delbonis.
Buenos Aires – Marcel overcomes Bedene
On the first day of the Copa Claro Open, fifth-seeded Marcel had a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia. In the second round the Spaniard awaits his Spanish fellow Pablo Andujar.
Marcel moves on to semi final
Fourth seed Benoit Paire and sixth seed Marcel Granollers recorded straight sets wins on Thursday at the Aircel Chennai Open. The pair has met in the quarter-finals now and Marcel overcame the Frenchman in a thrilling three setter, winning 6/2 3/6 7/6.
First Quarter Final of 2014
Chennai. Marcel was a class to strong for the qualifier R. Ramanathan. He overcame the Indian in straight sets, winning 6/2 6/4. Next opponent of Marcel will be the winner of the match between Frenchmen B. Paire and G. Garcia Lopez from Spain.
Marcel starts successful in Chennai
Marcel Granollers survived a hard test in the first round of the Chennai Open as he needed three sets to beat Romanian Radu Albot. The sixth seed was severely challenged by the qualifier, who responded excellently to going a set down to force a decider, only for the Spaniard to win every game in the final set to progress in two hours and 20 minutes with a 6-4 3-6 6-0 win. However, Granollers will not be joined in the second round in India by compatriot Albert Ramos, who slipped to a 6-1 6-3 loss to Edouard Roger-Vasselin.