Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos are the only team to have won multiple ATP Tour trophies this year. They captured their third team title of 2020 at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Sunday.
Competing in their fourth final in as many clay-court tournaments this year, the fourth seeds overcame Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 to capture their second ATP Masters 1000 trophy as a pair. Last year’s Coupe Rogers titlists made the crucial move at 8/8, earning championship point when Zeballos struck a forehand return winner. Granollers clinched the trophy with a pinpoint forehand volley.
Granollers and Zeballos improve to 16-1 on clay this year. The Spanish-Argentine duo claimed back-to-back trophies at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires and the Rio Open presented by Claro in February. Granollers and Zeballos also reached the championship match at the Generali Open in Kitzbühel last week (l. to Krajicek/Skugor).
This is Granollers’ second Rome crown from four finals in the Italian capital. The 34-year-old claimed the title in 2012 alongside Marc Lopez and finished as a runner-up in 2015 (w/M. Lopez) and 2017 (w/Dodig). Granollers levels his tour-level finals record at 21-21.
Zeballos extends his unbeaten record to 3-0 in Masters 1000 finals. Last year, alongside his victory with Granollers in Montreal, the Argentine also completed a title run at the BNP Paribas Open with Nikola Mektic.
Chardy and Martin were attempting to claim their first Masters 1000 trophy. The Frenchmen own a 3-3 team record in tour-level championship matches, with their most recent title coming on clay at last year’s Millennium Estoril Open.
Granollers and Zeballos earn 1000 FedEx ATP Doubles Ranking points and split €58,860 in prize money. Chardy and Martin collect 600 points and share €49,000.