The world number one double pairing from Colombia have had a very big year. After six years together they have qualified for the World Tour Finals in London quite some time back for the first time in their careers.
Cabal 33 is from Cali on the outskirts of the capital Bogota, Farah 32 was born in Montreal, Canada but now resides in Bogota.
Farah played tennis at the University of South California from 2006-2010 before he turned pro at the age of 23 which is later than most. Cabal made his tour debut at the age of 25 and made history immediately for Colombian tennis as he and his Argentine partner Eduardo Schwank defeated the Bryan Brothers in the Roland Garros semi-finals in 2011. Eduardo and Cabal lost to Mirnyi and Nestor in the final.
2019 was the year of making history.
2018 was a good year for Cabal and Farah beginning with their first major final appearance at The Australian Open. A first Masters 1000 title came in Rome as well as good runs in US Open, Cincinnati, Shanghai & Madrid.
Finalists in 2018 at The Australian Open and round one casualties in 2019 it didn’t get off to a good start but things were about to change…
Before Melbourne it was a runner-up trophy in Sydney but when the clay came into play they kicked off their season with silverware.
Titles in Barcelona and defending their Masters 1000 event in Rome put them in good position for Roland Garros where they finished as semi-finalists.
Now, the Grass. They came to Eastbourne and won the title and went to Wimbledon with questions;
Could they become No.1 team?
Could they win their first major?
They took part and importantly won the most incredible performance I have seen in doubles winning 6-7 7-6 7-6 6-7 6-3 against Roger-Vasselin & Mahut in a match last 4 hours and 47 minutes.
The picture when they won is my favourite of 2019
World number one
Since then it has got better with a runner-up spot in Cincinnati before claiming their second Grand Slam at the US Open.
They have almost a 3000 point lead of the world number one spot on the doubles and don’t look like slowing down. Now they will be heading back to London with business in mind.
Last year they made the semi-finals in London losing to the French pair of Herbert and Mahut. This year they return as one of only three teams returning in 2019 and top seeds who will be tough to stop and I wish them the best of luck!