The doubles trophy at the Mutua Madrid Open will be battled out by two of the top pairings in the world. On a day of doubles on the Arantxa Sánchez Court, the main contenders showed their credentials for the title.
In the day’s opening match, second seeds Bob and Mike Bryan downed French fourth seeds Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert to make it to their eighth final in the Spanish capital. The Americans, who from Monday will sit atop of the Road to London rankings, are looking for their sixth title in Madrid as look to continue their status as the tournament’s most successful-ever pairing.
They are enjoying quite the year, reaching the final of the first four ATP Masters 1000 tournaments on the calendar in 2018. After just missing out in Indian Wells and winning in Miami and Monte Carlo, they will look to remain at the top of the tree in the ATP World Tour’s most important events. Despite being aged 40, they are as impressive and determined as ever.
Meanwhile, Croatia’s Nikola Mektic and Austria’s Alexander Peya shocked Colombian duo Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3, 3-6, 10-3 and continued to build on their impressive season. The fourth-best doubles pair this year, the dup will play their first-ever ATP Masters 1000 final.
Having reached five finals in 2018 (Munich, Rio de Janeiro, Sofa, Marrakech and Madrid), just days after lifting their first-ever trophy on clay in Morocco, Mektic and Peya will look to claim their biggest scalp yet in the Caja Mágica.
The doubles teams have never met before on the ATP World Tour, meaning their final in Madrid will be all the more special.