10:11 AM GMT October 11, 2019
Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo have become the second doubles team to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 10-17 November. The Polish-Brazilian team secured their place as a result of advancing on Friday to the Rolex Shanghai Masters semi-finals.
Kubot and Melo have captured one ATP Tour title in 2019 at the Winston-Salem Open (d. Monroe-Sandgren), with runner-up finishes at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells (l. to Mektic/Zeballos), the Noventi Open in Halle (l. to Klaasen/Venus) and at last week’s China Open in Beijing (l. to Dodig/Polasek). The pair has an 11-8 overall record in tour-level finals. They have been highly consistent at all six ATP Masters 1000 tournaments they have contested this year, reaching the semi-finals (or better) each time.
Melo has now qualified for the prestigious season finale for the seventh straight year (since 2013). Five years ago, the Brazilian advanced to the final in London with Ivan Dodig (l. to Bryans). Kubot has competed at The O2 in London on five occasions (2009-10, 2014, 2017-2018). In November 2017, together with Melo, they finished as the year-end No. 1 team and advanced to the championship match (l. to Kontinen/Peers).