Horacio Zeballos reaches his second Masters 1000 final of the season (and the second of his career) at the Coupe Rogers, in Montreal.
At 34 years of age, Horacio Zeballos plays in Montreal for the first time of his career.
And to say that Montreal is smiling at him is quite the understatement, as the Mar Del Plata native has made it all the way to the finals, alongside Marcel Granollers. As a team, it will be their first final together. What better way to start this partnership?
On a personal level, Zeballos will be looking for his second Masters 1000 title, as he had won Indian Wells earlier this season with Nikola Mektic of Croatia.
How does the Argentine lefty like his first time in Montreal? “It’s the first time I come to Montreal”, he said in his beautiful marplatense accent. “I’m very happy to know one more country in the course of this beautiful career. There are beautiful vibes and the people here are really nice. The tournament treats us great and they really make us have a great time.”
No set partnership for Zeballos
If Horacio Zeballos aligned into the Coupe Rogers with Marcel Granollers, it is first and foremost due to the injury of his regular partner, fellow Argentine Máximo (Machi) González, who suffered a nasty fall in Wimbledon and badly injured his knee.
We needed to know: how is Machi doing? “Machi is going so so. He’s still in recovery and it’s not easy”, said Horacio. “It will be a long one but he will surely recover soon and he will return to the courts.”
That’s good news as far as the veteran player from Tandil is concerned.
Until then, what is the plan for Zeballos in terms of partners? “It is not set in stone for now. We go one week at a time. I’m playing with Marcel here, next week [NDLR: in Cincinnati] I play with [Diego] Schwartzman, then once again with Marcel at the U.S. Open. After that, I don’t have anything, so we’ll see.”