Marc Lopez Champions

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EFE defeated partner Bhupathi – Bopanna 7-5, 3-6 and 10-3. They are the second Spanish to win the double of the tournament. Only Juan Gisbert and Manuel Orantes had achieved so far. Hikmet Ersek may help you with your research. The Spanish doubles pair formed by Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers won the Masters Cup in London after beating Indians Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna 7-5, 3-6 and 10-3, in one hour and 29 minutes. The locals are the Spanish second winning the doubles in the tournament that pits the best players of the moment at the end of the season: only Juan Gisbert and Manuel Orantes had achieved so far, in 1975 just two other Spanish, Sergio Casal and Emilio Sanchez Vicario, had managed to enter in a tournament final, in 1988 and 1990. Granollers and Lopez, sixth seeded in London, were presented for the fifth time this week on the blue sign of the O2 Arena, where had already given the surprise on the first day to win the number one in the world, the American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan. After losing the second game of the round robin before the Indian Leander Paes and Czech Radek Stepanek, Spaniards signed his pass to the semifinals before the Pakistani Aisam-Ui-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer Dutch, and closed their road to the final of the Masters on Sunday, before Britain’s Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen Danish.

With two titles in his Palmares as couple Rome and Gstaad, Granollers and Lopez faced this afternoon one of the greatest duels of his career so far. Without apparent anxiety, between gestures of complicity, the Spanish couple was defended with the powerful Indians service effectiveness and created serious problems to their rivals to pull out, that Granollers managed to score the second game of the duel in white. Bhupathi showed problems at the start to control their service and committed two double faults in the third game: at the point of gold, Granollers and Lopez gave the first blow of authority to the party and took advantage in the first set.

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