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The Dream Season of Marcelo Melo

November 11, 2015

I like to think of myself as someone with deep ties to tennis—player, writer, observer, what have you—and I can’t recall a recent doubles run by someone not named Bryan like the one Marcelo Melo is on.

Excuse me: world No. 1 Marcelo Melo.

Thanks to four titles in a row—with three different partners, no less—the veteran has taken over the top spot in the doubles rankings for the first time. It’s been a solid career up to 2015 as he had long established himself as one of the game’s more consistent performers. Before this season, he had grabbed a few big titles here and there, won a tournament every year since ’07 and had managed to make a Slam final, back in 2013 with Ivan Dodig at Wimbledon.

But things have taken off for the Brazilian now. That career goal of every player—winning a Major—was realized at the French Open this year. And post-U.S. Open has been nothing short of phenomenal, with the last two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events of the year in the pocket—and two 500-level victories, too.

Throw in the 500 event he won earlier in the year and the Slam, and you’re looking at three 500s, two 1000s and a Major. That’s a Bob-and-Mike-type year—and even more impressive considering Melo is on the north side of 30.

Then again, doubles does lend itself to longevity. It seems at this point Melo is hitting his stride, setting himself up for even greater things to come.

(Photo: esports)

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