Second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah moved into their first Wimbledon final on Thursday, defeating third seeds and 2018 finalists Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 6-4.
Cabal/Farah were ruthless in their return games, racking up 15 break points and converting on three, while Klaasen/Venus had just one break opportunity. The second seeds comfortably served out the match on the first try to advance in three hours and four minutes. Cabal/Farah improve to 3-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series with the Frenchman and have won the rivalry’s past three matches.
They are the first Colombians ever to reach a final at The All England Club. Both players seek their first Grand Slam men’s doubles title. They finished runner-up at the 2018 Australian Open (l. Marach/Pavic), while Cabal (w/Schwank) was also a finalist at 2011 Roland Garros (l. Mirnyi/Nestor).
Cabal/Farah have been outstanding on all surfaces in 2019. They took the title two weeks ago at the Nature Valley International (d. Gonzalez/Zeballos), prevailed on clay at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (d. Klaasen/Venus) and Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (d. Murray/Soares), and finished runner-up on hard courts at the Sydney International (l. Murray/Soares).
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Awaiting them in the championship match are No. 11 seeds Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who took out Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek 6-2, 7-6(7), 7-6(2). The French duo saved a set point at 5-6 in the second set and another at 5/6 in the second-set tie-break before going on to prevail in two hours and 28 minutes.
Mahut won the Australian Open this year with Pierre-Hugues Herbert (d. Kontinen/Peers) to complete the career Grand Slam as a team. Herbert/Mahut previously prevailed two years ago at 2016 Wimbledon (d. Benneteau/Roger-Vasselin). Roger-Vasselin’s lone Grand Slam title came with Julien Benneteau at 2014 Roland Garros (d. Granollers/Lopez).