Frenchmen To Meet Kubot/Melo In Madrid Doubles Final
Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin ended Spain's hopes of having a home doubles champion at the Mutua Madrid Open on Saturday. The sixth-seeded Frenchmen knocked out eighth seeds Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez 6-2, 6-3 in 67 minutes to reach the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles final.
Lopez/Lopez were attempting to become the first Spanish team to win the Madrid title in the 16-year history of the tournament. Mahut/Roger-Vasselin will meet fourth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, who received a walkover into the doubles final when Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock withdrew because Kyrgios has a left hip injury.
Kubot/Melo have now reached three of the season's four Masters 1000 doubles finals. They made the final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (l. to Klaasen/Ram) and at the Miami Open presented by Itau (d. Monroe/Sock). Kubot/Melo also reached the quarter-finals (l. to Lopez/Lopez) at last month's Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the season's third Masters 1000 tournament.