Dodig/Granollers Boost London Bid With Basel Title
Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers exhibited a dominant display in claiming the doubles title at the Swiss Indoors Basel. The duo did not drop a set all week, capped by 7-5, 7-6(6) victory over Frenchmen Fabrice Martin and Edouard Roger-Vasselin on Sunday.
Currently in command of the final spot in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London, Dodig and Granollers add 500 points to bring their total to 3,490. With less than 1,000 points separating them from four other teams, it will be a mad dash to the finish line at next week's Rolex Paris Masters.
"Thanks to my partner for a great week and through all this season we really tried hard and we have one more title together," said Dodig. "I’m happy, he was defending champion, so a second time for him. Well done. Of course always we have to thank the tournament directors and all the sponsors who are trying to continue this amazing tournament."
The Croatian-Spanish duo rebounded nicely after conceding an immediate break in the first game of the match. They would break right back and eventually took the opener 7-5. The second set would proceed to a tie-break after Martin and Roger-Vasselin were broken when serving to force a decider. After squandering a 6/3 lead, Dodig and Granollers closed it out on their fourth match point after one hour and 43 minutes.
The second seeds improved to 28-14 on the season, adding a second team title. They previously lifted the trophy at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam in February. The tandem split €114,100 in prize money.
Individually, Dodig notched his ninth doubles title and third of the season. He also won the Hamburg crown with Mate Pavic. Granollers, meanwhile, added a 15th doubles crown and second in a row in Basel, having prevailed with Jack Sock last year.
"To defend a title is very important," said Granollers. "I think we played very well and it was a week at a high level. It was the result we were looking for."
The French runners-up split €53,900 in prize money, with Martin falling to 3-7 in ATP World Tour finals and Roger-Vasselin dropping to 14-8.