The Argentine tennis player Horacio Zeballos and his Spanish partner Marcel Granollers advanced this Thursday to the final of the Wimbledon doubles drawthird Grand Slam tournament of the year that is played on a grass surface, after beating the Germans in the semifinals Tim Puetz and Kevin Krawietz by 6-4 and 6-3.
Zeballos from Mar del Plata and Granollers from Catalonia used an hour and 10 minutes to defeat Puetz and Krawietz and settle for the second time in his career in the final of the Grand Slam that is played at the All England Club, in London, after the previous one in 2021, when they lost in four sets to the Croatians Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic.
“Wuuuaaaawww!!! What joy, please. One more final here in the tennis cathedral!!! Come on, we can do it. Of course we can! Keep dreaming!”wrote the Argentine on his Instagram account to celebrate the victory.
Zeballos and Granollers will go in search of their first Grand Slam title this Saturday against the winners of the second semifinal and favorites for the title, the Dutch Wesley Koolhof and the British Neal Skupski, who prevailed 7-5 and 6-4 against the Indian Rohan Bopanna and Australian Matthew Ebdenseeded sixth.
On their way to the final, Zeballos and Granollers defeated in the initial round Colombians Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farahin the second round to the French Arthur Fils and Luca van Assche, in the round of 16 American Robert Galloway and South African Lloyd Harris, in the quarterfinals to Americans Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow, and in “semis” the aforementioned victory against Puetz and Krawietz.
The 38-year-old Argentine is ranked 26th in the world doubles ranking, while Granollers, 37, is ranked 28th.
The Wimbledon final comes to them in the final stretch of their respective careers and It will be the second in All England and the third as a couple since they also played the decisive match at the 2019 US Open, when they fell to the Colombians Cabal and Farah. This season, Zeballos and Granollers reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and Roland Garros, so they are looking to crown a very positive season in the best way.
throughout his careerthe man from Mar del Plata has 19 doubles titles, seven of them in a pair with Granollers, and he is the Argentine tennis player who has achieved the most trophies in the discipline in all history, above the 16 of Guillermo Vilas.
Vondrousova stopped Svitolina
In the ladies’ singles draw, the Czech Marketa Vondrousova (42) advanced to the final after beating the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (76) 6-3, 6-3, who surprised the world with her performance after having a mother on last year.
Vondrousova, the first unseeded Wimbledon finalist in the 55-year professional era and the third Czech in the London final in 25 years, will go for the title this Saturday against the winner of the semifinal that will later star Tunisian Ons Jabeur (6) and the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (2).
In the case of Sabalenka, champion this year in Australia, the first Grand Slam of the year, if she wins Wimbledon she will be the new number one in the world and will displace the Polish Iga Swiatek (1), who was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Svitolina.