WHAT HAPPENED: Playing aggressive tennis when it counted, the No. 11 seeded team of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez of Spain claimed yet another upset knocking out No. 4 seeds Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo, 6-4, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the US Open men's doubles final.
Up next the Spainads' biggest test of the tournament - the top-seeded and four-time US Open championship team of Mike and Bob Bryan in Sunday's final.
This year’s French Open finalists started quickly in a sun-splashed Louis Armstrong Stadium, taking the only service break of the first set on last year’s Wimbledon runner-ups for a 2-1 lead. Granollers closed out the opening set with back-to-back service winners.
Dodig and Melo opened the second set with some aggressive play to break serve for the first time in the match for a 2-0 lead. In the game the pair had six winners. But, Granollers-Lopez broke right back and after saving three break points in the fourth game, they held for 2-2. The two teams would each battle through tough service games until the ninth game when the Lopez forehand again struck gold, allowing them to serve for a spot in the final.
The superstitious Lopez refused to speak in the post-match interview, promising the fans a speech should his team claim the trophy.
WHAT IT MEANS: The Spanish team beat the American twins in the only time they’ve met in 2014, in the French Open quarterfinals en route to the final. The No. 11 seeds have slayed dragons all week here, upsetting three top seeds to make their first-ever US Open final. The team were US Open doubles semifinalists in 2012. Granollers had a successful tournament in singles as well, taking a set from No. 2 seed Roger Federer in the third round.
THE QUESTION: Can the Spaniards play spoiler and win their first US Open title?