Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez took down third seeds Raven Klaasen and Ben McLachlan 3-6, 6-3, 10-4 on Friday to reach the Gonet Geneva Open final, where they will face second seeds John Peers and Michael Venus.
The Italian and Argentine team bounced back after dropping the first set to Klaasen and McLachlan in a rematch of their Dove Men+Care Chile Open semi-final. But much like in Santiago, Bolelli and Gonzalez raised their level in the decisive moments. They saved one of two break points faced and pulled away in the Match Tie-break to reach the final.
Bolelli and Gonzalez, who went on to lift the trophy in Santiago, will be seeking their second ATP 250 title of the season when they meet second seeds Peers and Venus on Saturday. Peers and Venus also needed a Match Tie-break to see off Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar 4-6, 7-6(2), 10-8.
The Ecuadorian-Uruguayan duo had to do double duty after yesterday’s rain in Geneva, and also contested a quarter-final on Thursday against Rohan Bopanna and Franko Skugor. Behar and Escobar outlasted Bopanna and Skugor 6-3, 3-6, 13-11, but were not able to get across the finish line against Peers and Venus later in the day.
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At the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon, fourth seeds Hugo Nys and Tim Puetz defeated Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith 6-3, 6-4 to claim a spot in their second tour-level final of the year.
The Estoril champions await the winner of top-seeded Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Santiago Gonzalez and Marcelo Demoliner.