It was his big year. The coronavirus pandemic impacted the entire world and sports also suffered. In fact, tennis was officially stopped for five months. For Horacio ZeballosHowever, it was the doubles season of dreams, because reached its best ranking, being No. 3 in the world, and qualified for the first time for the ATP Finals, being a semifinalist in London together with Marcel Granollers.
The left-hander from Mar del Plata grew and gradually devoted himself more to the specialty in pairs. He found different pairs, he was adding experience and filming in the major circuit of the ATP, until he excelled this year. And he reached his peak with the passport to London, forming one of the eight best pairs in the world with Spanish.
For the first time in his professional career, Zeballos won four titles in a row with the same partner. In 2020 he won three tournaments, always triumphing in brick dust, in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, prior to Covid-19, and in Rome, already in the final stretch. The first of these four in a row was the 2019 Canadian Open, on hard court.
Thus, Zeballos reached 16 titles in doubles in Rome, with various teammates, surpassing Lucas Arnold-Ker in the historical list and tying Guillermo Vilas as the Argentine with the most cups in that event in all history. It was at the Italian Open that he had the pleasure of winning a Masters 1000 on a slow surface, after celebrating last year in the aforementioned in Canada and in Indian Wells, together with Croatian Nikola Mektic.
This year, Zeballos played 11 tournaments, plus a Davis Cup match, until his dream passage to the ATP Finals arrived. He became the fifth player from his country to play the season-ending Masters in doubles.
Zeballos and Granollers started fully in London, with two wins and then, by combinations of results, they got a place in the semifinals. In the third game of the group, an injury to the Spaniard led them to leave the field to take care of themselves and try to get to the semis as well as possible the next day. They fell right before the aforementioned Mektic and Wesley Koolhof, from the Netherlands, ultimately the champion couple.
Thus, he was gladly short when they had a chance of having finished better. Without a doubt, it was his dream season and he enjoyed it, even with the pandemic in tow. He confirmed that in 2021 he will continue with Granollers as a partner, with the goal of going for more in his tennis career.