ROLAND GARROS 2014
Granollers/Lopez To Face French Duo In Final
by ATP Staff|
Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez reached their first Grand Slam final on Thursday at Roland Garros as they defeated Marin Draganja and Florin Mergea 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 in 90 minutes. They had upset top seeds and defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the quarter-finals.
Granollers and Lopez won their biggest title to date at the 2012 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (d. Bhupathi/Bopanna). As a team they have won four ATP World Tour titles, including victory at the 2012 Internazionali BNL d’Italia, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament in Rome.
In the final, Granollers and Lopez will take on 11th-seeded French duo Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who also reached their first major final as they fought from a set down to defeat Andrey Golubev and Samuel Groth 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 47 minutes.
Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin are bidding to become the first French doubles champions at Roland Garros since 1984, when Henri Leconte and Yannick Noah hoisted the trophy. Last year, home hopes Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut were beaten in the final by the Bryans.
Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin won their first ATP World Tour team title earlier in the season on home soil, beating Paul Hanley and Jonathan Marray in the Marseille final.