Roland Garros

Arévalo and Pavic will look for a place in the final against Granollers and Zeballos

The Italians Bolelli and Vavassori have already qualified for the last round in Paris

June 06, 2024

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Mate Pavic and Marcelo Arévalo defeated Petros Tsitsipas and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals.
By Staff

The doubles event is facing its final stretch at Roland Garros and this Thursday the name of the first finalist couple and the last semifinal match in Paris were already known.

Marcelo Arévalo and Mate Pavic, who start as seeds No. 9, resolved the pending quarterfinal duel between brothers Petros Tsitsipas and Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 33 minutes in the Simonne-Mathieu track.

The Salvadoran, who already knows what it means to lift the title at Roland Garros – he did it in 2022 with Jean-Julien Rojer – is trying to repeat that success with Pavic, who has all the Grand Slams in his record, except for the one he won. It is held on French clay.

Arévalo and Pavic barely gave the Greek couple any options in the first set. In fact, they did not concede any break opportunities and increased their effectiveness with second serves to 100%. And in the eleventh game they scored the first break of the match to tip the balance in their favor. Only four points made the difference (36-32).

The second set seemed to write a similar script, when in the third game they broke the Tsitsipas brothers’ serve again. At 5-3 they served to close the match, but the Greeks closed the gap with their first break. But it was a mirage because Arévalo and Pavic then closed out the 6-4 victory.

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In the semifinals they will face the main favorites and No. 1 of the PIF ATP Rankings, Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos, who for the third consecutive year reach this round at Roland Garros.

The Spaniard and the Argentine, who have 12 consecutive victories, beat Tomas Machac and Zhizhen Zhang in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, 6-4, 6-1, in one hour and five minutes in the match at the Philippe Chatrier stadium.

For their part, the Italians Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori made their way into the final in Paris. The No. 11 seeds beat No. 2 seeds Rohan Bopanna and Matthew Ebden 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 in a disputed duel in one hour and 58 minutes.

Bolelli and Vavassori repeat the final for the second consecutive Grand Slam, since last January at the Australian Open they fell short of the title against, precisely, Bopanna and Ebden.


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