Jeff Coetzee’s Colombian doubles team wins maiden Masters Title


No. 6 seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah have captured their maiden team Masters 1000 title in Rome. The Colombian duo recovered from a set down to beat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta and Portuguese Joao Sousa 3-6 6-4 10-4.

Carreno Busta and Sousa made the most out of the break they earned in the sixth game of the first set as they took the opener. Cabal and Farah saved a break point in the ninth game of the second set before they converted their third set point in the following game to force a decider.

The sixth-seeded pair got off to a quick 4-0 match tie-break lead and there was no way back for Carreno Busta and Sousa. Interestingly, Carreno Busta and Sousa won a total of 61 points during the match, while Cabal and Farah won six points less — 55.
The match came to an end after an hour and 23 minutes of action . Carreno Busta and Sousa, who got in the main draw as alternates, fell just short of completing their great run with the title. They won three matches in three-sets in Rome but couldn’t pull off yet another tight win.

Cabal and Farah ended runners-up at the Australian Open and Buenos Aires earlier this season but have now captured their first title of the season.

Jeff Coetzee the former South African doubles pro and Davis Cup player who coaches Cabal and Farah said that his team were “knocking at the door” so to speak on winning a Masters title. “The guys are playing well and fighting hard when they are down. They made a great comeback in the final and are getting mentally stronger which is building their confidence. The improvement is a good sign and lots more can be expected from my boys. I am very very happy for them both, it’s so well deserved” said Coetzee from Rome.

Doubles – Final
[6] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d [Alt] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / J. Sousa (POR) 36 64 10-4

Trophy pic caption: From left Robert Farah, Steven Giraldo (Physiotherapist), Jeff Coetzee (Coach) and Juan Sebastian Cabal