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Marcel Granollers: Double The Fun

Granollers© Getty ImagesMarcel Granollers is currently ranked a career-high No. 4 in doubles.

Less is not more for Marcel Granollers. Week in and week out, the Spaniard can be found on both the singles and doubles courts, and has proven that a player can successfully juggle both disciplines. 

In 2012, Granollers not only broke into the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, but he also finished at No. 10 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings after hoisting the trophy at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with countryman Marc Lopez. This season, his highlights include the singles quarter-finals in Rome, the doubles semi-finals at the Australian Open and quarter-finals at Roland Garros. 

As part of Compeed’s Form & Fitness series, Granollers shares why playing both singles and doubles is beneficial to his game and what he considers to be the most important part of his training program. 

You play singles and doubles in almost every event. How are you able to balance this?
I've been playing singles and doubles for a long time, both are very important for me. Obviously it has good and bad things. Sometimes doubles makes me be tired for singles, but it's always a main goal to have good results in both disciplines.

What have you learned from playing doubles regularly that has helped you improve in singles?
I think there are great things in doubles like return of service and your net game. You can improve a lot in these areas.

How are you able to translate your singles game into success in doubles, especially against the top teams with your hitting from the baseline?
Marc [Lopez] and I play different than them, we like to play more from the baseline. The top teams usally play serve and volley and we try counter that from the baseline.

Do you practise or prepare differently for a doubles match than a singles match?
No, I only practise for singles matches. Maybe if some one day I lose my singles, I sometimes do something with Marc, but I don't think we do something special for doubles.

In singles, clay has been your best surface but also you've had good results on hard-courts. What have you worked on in order to be an all-court player?
I like to play on all surfaces. I feel comfortable on clay and hard courts. I don't dislike grass either, but I play less there because there are few tournaments. I grew up playing on clay but I can adapt my game to every surface.

You finished Top 50 for the third straight year in 2012, which area of fitness has helped you the most to achieve this and why?
It's important to stay without injuries in order to play all the year. To have few injuries has helped me a lot and allowed me to work day by day. Physically I like to do a lot. I like to run, to work at the gym and work on my balance on court.

What exercise or stretch would you recommend a recreational player to add into their training program?
I like to work a lot on court. It's the most realistic work you can get to prepare for a match. It's helped me a lot.

Which player on tour do you think…
Is the most flexible? Gael Monfils
Has the best footwork? Rafael Nadal
Has the most endurance? David Ferrer
Is the quickest? Novak Djokovic
Has the best balance? Novak Djokovic
Is the strongest? Rafael Nadal.

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