Gonzalez/Roger-Vasselin Save MP, Qualify For SFs In Turin

  • Posted: Nov 16, 2023

Gonzalez/Roger-Vasselin Save MP, Qualify For SFs In Turin

Fourth seeds improve to 2-1 in Green Group play

Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin advanced to the semi-finals at the Nitto ATP Finals on Thursday when they saved one match point to overcome Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 6-4, 3-6, 15-13 in a Green Group qualification shootout thriller.

The fourth seeds finish the round-robin stage holding a 2-1 record and join Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos (2-0) in the last four. Top seeds Dodig and Krajicek end Green Group play at 1-2 and are eliminated alongside Andres Molteni and Maximo Gonzalez (0-2).

In a tight match inside the Pala Alpitour, Gonzalez and Roger-Vasselin lifted their level in the Match Tie-break. After failing to convert match point chances at 9/8, 10/9 and 11/10, they then saved one match point at 11/12, before eventually converting on their fifth match point to triumph after one hour and 40 minutes.

Gonzalez and Roger-Vasselin dropped to their knees after advancing before they returned to their feet to embrace those in their box.

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Gonzalez and Roger-Vasselin are making their first appearance at the year-end event as a team, with Gonzalez the third Mexican to qualify for the semi-finals in tournament history. The Mexican-French pair has lifted five tour-level trophies this year, including ATP Masters 1000 crowns in Miami and Paris.

Krajicek and Dodig were making their second appearance as a team at the year-end event, having fallen in the round-robin stage in 2022. They won five titles together in 2023, highlighted by Roland Garros.

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