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Kubot/Melo conquer Paris – and world rankings!

After one last well-disguised drop shot, Marcelo Melo collapsed to his knees on Centre Court at the AccorHotelsArena, before turning to embrace Lukasz Kubot, who lifted him into the air. The Polish-Brazilian doubles team had plenty of grounds for celebration, having capped their first regular season as a partnership with a hard-fought victory in the French capital, overcoming Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers 7-6(3), 3-6, 10-6 in a marathon final that lasted an hour and 55 minutes. It has been a supremely successful first year in tandem for the duo, with the Rolex Paris Masters marking their sixth title and third Masters 1000 crown of the campaign.

"We make a super team," gushed Melo afterwards, "I hope we can keep up this success." "Congratulations to Ivan and Marcel on a great week," chipped in Kubot, "They've also had a fantastic season." The champions and runners-up also made a point of expressing their gratitude for the support shown by the organisers and the local fans alike over the course of the tournament. "I'd like to thank RPM tournament director Guy Forget for having put the doubles on Centre Court so often this week," noted Kubot. "It's amazing to see such a big crowd turn out for the doubles," added Dodig, "There's something special about Paris. The organisers keep improving the event every year and we're looking forward to coming back over the coming years."  

Kubot and Melo were made to sweat before prevailing in a fiercely contested, high-quality final. Neither team dropped serve in the opening set and it was not until midway through the ensuing tie-break that the scales tipped, an excellent dipping return prompting an error from Granollers and earning the eventual winners the first mini-break (4-2). The No.2 seeds subsequently closed out the stanza 7-3, helped by a firm volley and a fine first serve from Melo.  

However, Melo and Kubot were guilty of taking their eye off the ball in the second set, squandering three opportunities to move a break ahead. This wastefulness would come back to haunt them when a lobbed winner from Granollers gave his team a 4-2 advantage. The Spanish-Croatian pairing duly held their nerve to take the set 6-3 and force a decider. 

Dodig and Granollers carried their momentum into the Match Tie-break, going 3-1 up courtesy of a volleyed winner and subsequently leading 5-2 and 6-4. Kubot and Melo were not about to roll over, though, digging deep and throwing everything at their opponents in order to turn the tide. Their reward is not just another big title, but also the holy grail: the world No.1 spot, which will be theirs when the new ATP rankings are released on Monday.

 

 

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