Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot, a growing force in the world of doubles, were crowned champions of the 2017 Mutua Madrid Open after defeating French team Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin. The fourth seeds recorded a 7-5, 6-3 victory on the clay of the Manolo Santana stadium to seal their fourth title as a pair on the ATP World Tour.
The victory also demonstrated the increasing stature of Melo and Kubot on tour. The Brazilian and Polish pair are now number one in the 2017 season ATP Race to London after an impressive start to the season in which they have won two ATP Masters 1000 titles (Miami, Madrid) and come second in another tournament in the same category (Indian Wells).
“I would like to thank Lukas for playing this week. We managed to win the tournament and we are playing very well and we know how to negotiate tournaments”, said Melo, who was also grateful for the turnout in the Manolo Santana Stadium for their victory in the Spanish capital. “The match was really intense and it was fantastic for us to play in front of so many people on the centre court”, ended the South American, who dedicated the victory to his mother as he received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Melo’s strength was a key ingredient to their successful campaign in the Caja Mágica. The player from Belo Horizonte’s service game was outstanding, as he was the only player to complete the match without being broken. His contribution was vital for the pair to close out with 91% effectiveness on their first serve, snuffing out the French team’s midcourt game.
In a match in which Mahut was the first player to be broken in both sets, Melo and Kubot ensured they always maintained the lead. Hesitation from the player from Angers resulted in opportunities (4-2 in the first set, 2-0 in the second set), which the Brazilian and Polish players made the most of to get their hands on the cup.