Dutch team of Haase and Koolhof are into the Montreal final for the first time (both individually and as a team). Furthermore, both players are looking for a first Masters 1000 title.
Two years ago, Robin Haase made the semifinals of a Masters 1000, in singles, for the first time of his career, at the Coupe Rogers, in Montreal. This year, he is into the final, this time in doubles alongside his countryman Wesley Koolhof.
“It’s great to be in another final”, said Haase. “We’ve played three events and three finals, so that’s a great start for our partnership and hopefully we can get our first title.”
“[I feel] great, of course”, declared Koolhof with a big smile. “Tough match, tough matches actually this week, during the whole week.To play against [Denis] Shapovalov here in Canada, with the crowd behind him, is tough, but I think we managed to pull through. And I think the match was pretty entertaining, same like yesterday [NDLR: Friday] against the Bryan brothers. Happy to get the win.”
Will the third time be the winning one for Haase and Koolhof?
For both players, it will, individually be a third doubles Masters 1000 championship match, and the two have a record of 0-2.
Will the third time be the charm for the Dutchmen?
“This is our third final. I mean, I’m pretty good at losing finals, I think. So let’s turn it around”, said Koolhof with a laugh.
Haase agreed: “I’ve played in Monte Carlo and Rome so yeah, it’s the third one and I think for Wes(ley) also. It would be a nice one to win together.”
For the Montreal final, Haase and Koolhof will play Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers, another solid team, which includes a player, Granollers, who has quite a bit of experience in big finals. “I don’t look at it that way, if someone won or not”, said Haase. “I just look at the players and how they play, and they are paying totally different than the guys we played today. The only advantage of we can take from this match and also last match is that we played a lefty and a righty. It’s going to be the same in the final so we’re prepared for that. We have to come up with the right tactics to beat them.”
The good news is: regardless of this final’s result, Haase and Koolhof will finish the season together when Robin’s singles career won’t bring him to the Challenger Tour. Much to our enjoyment, to be honest, as they are a very exciting team to watch.