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Korda/Thompson are doubles champions in Madrid

American and Australian completed a dream week at the Caja Mágica

May 04, 2024

By Staff

Sebastian Korda and Jordan Thompson finished their first week as a doubles pair by lifting the Mutua Madrid Open title.

The American and Australian beat Ariel Behar and Adam Pavlasek 6-3, 7-6(7) to win the trophy at the ATP Masters 1000 in the Spanish capital. After entering the draw using a place reserved for individual players in the new format tested in Madrid, Korda and Thompson barely gave up one round in the entire tournament to win the cup.

“We have trained a lot and this was our first tournament as a couple,” Korda said after lifting her first doubles trophy. “It’s been fantastic and we’ll play again next week in Rome. It’s been a lot of fun playing with Jordan this week and I’m looking forward to playing again next week.”

Thompson took the court with a cut over his left eye. After completing his victory in 77 minutes with Korda, the Australian explained what happened in the morning training.

“He hit a great return that just missed my head,” explained Thompson, who has six ATP Tour doubles titles. “I thought he was on his way to the infirmary. But it wasn’t that bad. I had a brief headache, but it wasn’t anything serious. [El trofeo] will help me heal.”

In singles, Korda and Thompson are No. 26 and No. 33, respectively, in the PIF ATP Rankings. For the second consecutive season, the Madrid doubles trophy has been lifted by players most recognized for their individual performance, taking the baton from Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev in 2023.

Korda and Thompson stayed calm under the Madrid sun to secure the victory. In a brilliant performance, they saved all six breaking points faced against Behar and Pavlasek. After the match, Korda revealed the strategy they put together with the serve before beginning their journey as a couple.

“Our motto at the beginning of the week was Shake & Bake,” said the American. “It’s been our slogan all week. It’s worked.”

Korda and Thompson made the break in the fourth game to take the first set at the Manolo Santana Stadium. Looking for their first ATP Tour trophy as a couple, Behar and Pavlasek raised their level in the second set but failed to convert the only set point generated at 7/6 in the tiebreak.


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