Zverev and Melo Advance to Doubles Final at Hamburg Open, Eyes Third Title

“We’re really happy to be in the final together. This also helps Marcelo incredibly in his ranking (currently number 34 in the doubles world rankings; editor’s note). We played great matches here and won against great doubles pairs.” , explained Zverev afterwards on the “Sky” microphone.

On the way to the final, Zverev and his friend Melo competed in the Hamburger’s adopted hometown against, among others, the reigning US Open champions Rajeev Ram (USA) and Joe Salisbury (Great Britain) as well as the two top 15 players in the individual competition, Taylor Fritz (USA) and Holger Rune (Denmark), through.

In the semifinals, the duo made up a set deficit against Marcelo Arévalo (El Salvador)/Mate Pavic (Croatia) and showed strong nerves in the match tiebreak of the decisive third round (10:7).

In the final on Sunday against the two Belgians Joran Veilen and Sander Gillé, Zverev is aiming for his third doubles title on the tour. His last tournament victory to date dates back to 2019, when he triumphed alongside his brother Mischa in Acapulco. Two years earlier, the duo won the title in Montpellier.

Zverev: “I would like to be in the other final too”

“It’s obviously nice to be in the final, but I would like to be in the other final too. But if it’s doubles this week, that’s okay too,” said Zverev with a wink, alluding to the singles final .

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