Austin Krajicek finishes runner-up in men's doubles at 2022 Roland Garros
American Austin Krajicek fell just short of completing a Cinderella run to his first Grand Slam doubles title on Saturday at Roland Garros. He and his Croatian partner Ivan Dodig fell in the men's doubles championship to Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer in an epic 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-3 match that lasted over three hours.
Krajicek and Dodig came into Paris on a four-match winning streak after winning the ATP 250 event in Lyon a week prior, and were one point away from extending their unbeaten run to 10 and winning the Roland Garros trophy. The pair had three championship points in the second set on Rojer's serve, but the No. 12 seeds rallied and won the ensuing tiebreak to extend the match.
The 40-year-old Rojer set a record as the oldest Grand Slam men’s doubles champion in the Open Era with the victory, while Arevalo, of El Salvador, is the first Grand Slam men’s doubles champion from Central America.
Despite their defeat, the unseeded Krajicek and Dodig had a week to remember: They came from a set down in three of their victories, and saved five match points in a stunning quarterfinal victory against top seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury. Krajicek had played Roland Garros on four previous occasions with four different partners, and never won back-to-back matches in Paris until this year.
His best prior major result was a quarterfinal showing at the 2018 US Open with fellow American Tennys Sandgren, and the two also finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.
The 6-foot-2 left-hander from Tampa, Fla. has been a consistent Top 50 doubles player for much of the past four years, and came at Paris ranked No. 34, one spot off his career-high of No. 33; last summer, he also reached his first ATP Masters 1000 final in Cincinnati with Steve Johnson, and the US Open mixed doubles semifinals with Jessica Pegula.
A run to his first major final assures him of a new career-best doubles ranking of No. 23. He's now the second-highest American in the ATP doubles rankings behind world No. 2 Ram.
Krajicek lettered in tennis at Texas A&M from 2008-11. He was a four-time doubles All-American (2008–11), a two-time singles All-American, and won the national title alongside Jeff Dadamo in his final year—the first national title in program history. He was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year as an upperclassman. As a junior, he was the 2008 USTA Boys’ 18s national champion in singles.
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