NUR-SULTAN — Kazakh tennis duo Alexander Bublik and Andrey Golubev advance to the French Open final to be held on June 12 in Paris, the tournament’s press service reported.
Bublik and Golubev overthrow Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Pedro Martinez with a final score of 1-6, 6-4, 6-4. The first set gave a deceptive impression of an easy win for Andujar and Martinez as the Kazakh players only managed to score one game. The second set proved to be the turning point of the match, as the Kazakh duo struggled to edge past their Spanish opponents. However, after taking advantage of every opportunity, Bublik and Golubev managed to upset Andujar and Martinez and cement their lead in the final set.
Bublik and Golubev make for an interesting team with Bublik, who is currently ranked number 37 in the world singles rankings, usually more focused on singles tournaments, while Golubev these days is mostly focused on the doubles category. After the semi-final, Bublik told the press that he originally planned to skip Roland Garros in favor of another singles tournament in Stuttgart.
For Golubev, this year’s tournament has already turned out to be a new record, as the player was able to qualify for the final match. In 2014, Golubev with his Australian partner Samuel Groth reached the semi-finals of the French Open when he was beaten by a French duo consisting of Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.
In the final, Golubev and Bublik will also face a French team consisting of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. While Herbert and Mahut will benefit from the support of their compatriots on Saturday, the Kazakh players said they appreciated the return of the public to the court and the atmosphere it created.
“We certainly missed the crowd a lot. Having that atmosphere behind us gave us a big boost,” Bublik said after the semi-final victory.
With Bublik’s underarm serves and harmless trickery, the Kazakh duo proved to be an entertaining team to watch on the pitch. The pair are determined to play the final with the same spirit.
Golubev and Bublik are the last Kazakh players to play Roland Garros after Elena Rybakina, who stunted three-time French Open winner Serena Williams, lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in women’s singles.