Los Cabos, BCS, August 4, 2018. -Historic is the only way to accurately describe the grand final of doubles of the third edition of the Abierto de Tenis Mifel presentado por Cinemex; the coronation of the pair formed by the Mexican Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela and the Salvadoran Marcelo Arévalo.
The third seeds, defeated American Taylor Fritz and Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, 6-4, 6-4, in one hour and nineteen minutes to win the championship.
The champions achieved a break off their rivals serve in each set and did not permit any breaks on their end throughout the entire match; this was decisive to take the crown to spread joy to all of the attendees in the Pegaso Stadium.
This is the first time since 1995 that a Mexican player wins an ATP tournament; Leonardo Lavalle was the last to do so in the doubles event at the Abierto Mexicano de Tenis held at the CDMX German Club, paired with the Argentine Javier Frana. In addition, it is the first time that a Salvadoran tennis player is a champion of an ATP professional tour tournament.
Arévalo and Reyes-Varella, ranked 57 and 61 in the world doubles rankings, achieved the best result of their career after having lost the final at the ATP 250 in Newport to Jonathan Elrich of Israel and Artem Sitak of New Zealand.
Furthermore, in addition to this ATP title, Reyes-Varela and Arévalo have won three Challenger tournaments together this season in Lisbon, Jalisco and San Luis Potosí.
“This is very special, I cannot describe it, it has been the result of many years of hard work, effort, dedication and a lot of support that I have received and of which I am very grateful for. There is not better way to concretize that gratitude with this title for the people who have believed in us. The first wildcard I had ever received was in the qualifying in Acapulco in 2005, and from then on, so much support,” stated Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela.
For Marcelo Arévalo, in this match, the experience they had as a team was fundamental to achieve a long-awaited victory.
“One of the keys in the triumph is that we knew each other better than them as a pair, having played for a year together, and that we believed in our style of play, the good energy that we maintained despite the fact that in some moments of the game we were in danger to face a break of serve and the support of the public was undoubtedly a great motivation to continue fighting,” said the Central American tennis player, who confirmed that they will continue to play together for the rest of the season, including at the US Open, where he will also participate in singles.
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