Fognini/Bolelli (Rio Open/Fotojump)

In a match that was postponed from Saturday, Italians Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli defeated Santiago Gonzales (MEX) and Andres Molteni (ARG) to secure a spot at the doubles’ final of the Rio Open presented by Claro.

They will now face Brazilian Bruno Soares and Briton Jamie Murray at the final, match that will take place at Quadra Guga Kuerten, following the singles’ draw decision, starting at 5:30pm (local time).

Fognini/Bolelli scored 7/6 (4) and 6/2 in one hour, 33 minutes. Playing together the Italian duo won three titles, including the Australian Open in 2015. The latest was this year, in Sydney. In 2017 they partnered at the Rio Open but lost at the first round.

It will be the third time that the duos face each other, all of them in 2022. Ranked 8th in the doubles team ranking, Fognini/Bolelli lead 2-0, wining at the third round of the Australian Open and the second round in Sydney.

To win the tittle this Sunday they will have to “face” the crowd as well. Brazilian fans never saw one of their representatives win the trophy in Rio.

This is only the third time Brazil will have a representative at the final of the doubles’ draw at the Rio Open. In 2014 Marcelo Melo and Spaniard David Marrero were runner-ups. In 2019 Brazilian duo Rogério Dutra Silva and Thomaz Bellucci also lost the final match.

Soares, a three-time Grand Slam winner, never played a final in from of his home crowd. Playing alongside Murray he has reached 23 finals and won 12 titles, two of them last year: St. Petersburg and Melbourne. They were also runner-ups at the US Open. Soares/Murray are currently ranked number 22 at the ATP doubles team ranking.

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