Cabal/Farah Triumph In Geneva

23 May 2015

Second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah held off Raven Klaasen and Yen-Hsun Lu to win their fourth ATP World Tour team title at the inaugural Geneva Open.

The 'Colombian Power' prevailed 7-5, 4-6, 10-7 in one hour and 40 minutes, converting on two of 11 break point chances and saving three of five of their own. The duo claimed their second crown of the year, having triumphed on the clay of Sao Paulo in February. Last year, they hoisted trophies in Rio de Janeiro and Winston-Salem.

"I think we both played a great level," said Farah. "It came down to the Match Tie-break and we were feeling pretty comfortable returning. We had a bunch of chances in the second set that we couldn't convert, so we knew we had a little edge coming down to it. We responded well in hard conditions. We were very focused and I think we played a great match."

"We played at a great level in tough conditions," said Cabal. "We kept fighting and did things right. In the end, it gave us the title. It gives us motivation and a lot of confidence. We're in a good way going to (Roland Garros)."

Cabal and Farah enter Roland Garros following a battle-tested week that saw them emerge victorious in a Match Tie-break in all four matches. They won 10-8 against Carlos Berlocq and Joao Souza in the first round, edged Rajeev Ram and Donald Young 13-11 in the quarter-finals and topped Alexander Bury and Denis Istomin 10-8 in the semis, en route to the title. The Colombians split €24,280 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points.

Competing together for the first time on the ATP World Tour, Klaasen and Lu dropped a combined 14 games in three matches entering the final. The 32-year-old South African was appearing in his 11th tour-level final (6-5 record), while the 31-year-old Taiwanese drops to 3-3. Lu was coming off a historic week on the ATP Challenger Tour, having secured his 300th match victory in reaching the semi-finals in Seoul.

The South African-Taiwanese tandem split €12,760 and 150 Emirates ATP Rankings points.