Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin had to remedy a 1/7 deficit in the deciding match and save a match point to complete a spectacular comeback 6-7 (4), 6-3, 11-9 and defeat the second seeded Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury.
The victory sent the seventh seeds into the Nitto ATP Finals championship match, where they face tournament debutants Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic. It also seals the FedEx ATP year-end No.1 ATP team standings for Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares, knocking out Ram and Salisbury from the competition.
“We had a discussion before Sofia, the previous week, [saying] that our attitude must be much better because sometimes when we were broken down or broken down, the shoulders [went] a little lower, ”said Roger-Vasselin. “From Sofia and here we said, ‘Anyway, we’re showing a good attitude. Always [be] positive [and] help each other and we’ll see what happens. I think that was the key because we won two games [that were] amazing and we are still here. We are in the final. It’s really unbelievable.
The Austrian and French teams had to recover after dropping the first set to a Ram and Salisbury dialied. They got off to a quick start, breaking early to take a 2-0 lead, but Ram and Salisbury quickly equalized the score at 2-2 before moving on to the tie-break.
It seemed to put the seventh seeds into action, and Melzer and Roger-Vasselin leveled up to strike back in the second set, dropping five straight games to open a 5-2 lead as they sent off. meeting in a match. Decisive game.
Ram and Salisbury regrouped as a pair of double faults – including a second-serve foot foul against Roger-Vasselin – threatened to derail the seventh seed. Facing a 1/7 deficit as Ram and Salisbury looked set to march to victory, Melzer and Roger-Vasselin responded emphatically to clinch seven straight points. They had to save a match point before securing the victory in just under two hours to advance to the final.
“I try to enjoy it as much as I can because tomorrow is my last game as a real professional tennis player,” said Melzer. “It’s a little sad, but it’s a great story to end. To be in the final of the Nitto ATP Final is just amazing. I wouldn’t have dreamed of it. [this] if you had told me after the US Open that we would be there at the end of the year. I [will] try to enjoy it as much as I can, soak up everything, soak up everything and it’s me tomorrow.
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Koolhof and Mektic wait in the Nitto ATP Finals championship clash, after the fifth seed defeated Marcel Granollers / Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-4 earlier in the day.
“We are so happy to be in the final,” said Roger-Vasselin. “We lost the first round robin game, so after that we were like, ‘Okay, we have nothing more to lose. We will fight just until the last point. That’s it. that we’re going to do tomorrow, fight from the first to the last point no matter what.