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(CNN Spanish) - Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah look for their second Grand Slam of the year. After her historic victory at Wimbledon in July this year, the Colombian gold duo seeks to be crowned US Open champion at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.
Cabal and Farah defeated Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski in a tight match in two sets of 7-6, 7-6, advancing to the final where they will face Argentine Horacio Zeballos and Spanish Marcel Granollers.
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Cabal and Farah celebrate their title at the Wimbledon Open in July 2019. (Credit: Shaun Botterill / Getty Images)
Friends and champions
The story of Cabal and Farah is a story forged on the courts. At a very young age - when the first one was 7 years old and the second 3 years old - they started training and in principle they were rivals on the courts, but once the game ended, their friendship was forged on and off the field. After years of being separated, the golden pair of Colombian tennis, sealed a sports alliance that has led them to the top of world tennis in the doubles category.
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At age 11, his sports training began in the Colsanitas team, in Colombia, and as teenagers they reached the elite of Colombian tennis, says the Colombian Tennis Federation.
Their relationship is of friends and brothers, something "unique", according to Cabal.
“Robert is my brother. Apart from friend is my brother. We grew up together, we traveled together, we are together all year, we are together all the time, so it is something unique. And achieving these results with someone who is like your brother is a brother, it is something unique, it is something very special, ”Cabal said in CNN Sports after winning Wimbledon, the feat for which they were awarded the Extraordinary Grand Cross of the National Order to Merit by the president of Colombia.
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2011, starts the road to success
Juan Sebastián Cabal (Cali, 1986) is a professional tennis player since 2005, but in 2011 he debuted on the international professional circuit in Roland Garros. Together with Argentina's Eduardo Schwank he reached the doubles final and was the first Colombian to reach the final of a major since 1977, when Ivan Molina reached the final of that tournament in the mixed doubles category. Cabal and Schwank lost the final on that opportunity.
Meanwhile, Farah (Montreal, 1987), who came to Colombia at a very young age, had traveled to the United States in 2006 to study economics at the University of Southern California, where he continued to play tennis. For 2010 Farah was crowned number 1 in singles in the university league and number 2, along with Steve Johnson, in the doubles category.
A decade later, Cabal and Farah, who had played their first game as doubles at age 11 and 12, respectively, would meet again in 2011 and return to the courts to conquer world tennis.
So it was. One of the first championships they won together was in the Guadalajara-2011 Pan American Games, where they won the first gold of that event in the history of Colombia, according to the Colombian Tennis Federation.
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Juan Sebastián Cabal (left) and Robert Farah (right) won a gold medal in tennis doubles at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara in 2011, defeating the Ecuadorian duo. (Credit: MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP / Getty Images)
Since then the victories have not stopped coming: they were doubles champions in the circuits of Winston Salem and Rio de Janeiro in 2014; They did the same in Geneva and Sao Paulo in 2015; in 2016, champions in their category were crowned in Moscow, Nice, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro and in 2017 together they won three championships in Los Cobos, Munich and Buenos Aires.
In 2018 it would be the first time that the Cabal-Farah duo is crowned champion in the ATP Master 1000 of Rome in its category, a triumph that would be repeated a year later.
2019 is the year they made history, because after winning in Barcelona, Rome and Eastbourne, Colombians were crowned champions in doubles at Wimbledon, winning in a tight 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, to the French Roger Vasselin and Nicolas Mahut.
Now, in New York, the golden pair of Colombian tennis will be able to beat another record for their record: the US Open championship and become the first Colombians to win two Grand Slams in two consecutive tournaments, the same season.
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