12 Jan Harrisons Hope for One More Win
In a tournament filled with upsets, the doubles final is set at the 2021 Delray Beach Open presented by VITACOST.com. Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar are joined by American brothers Christian and Ryan Harrison in Wednesday’s final as both pairs have made the most of a wide-open draw here in Delray.
Christian Harrison’s dream week at the Delray Beach Open has made it to the final day after he and brother Ryan steamrolled into the doubles final on Tuesday. The American duo took an hour and 38 minutes to defeat Argentina’s Andres Molteni and Monaco’s Hugo Nys 6-2 6-2.
The Harrison’s will look to become the seventh American duo in the last nine years to take the doubles title in Delray and in doing so would make it three years running that a pair of brothers were champions after the Bryan’s won back-to-back in 2019 and 2020.
Wednesday’s final will mark the first time the younger of the two Harrison brothers, Christian, has been in an ATP Tour final of any kind. While Ryan is the owner of four ATP Tour doubles titles including the 2017 French Open. The best result the pair have had together was a quarterfinal run at the 2012 U.S. Open.
Behar and Escobar reached their first ATP Tour doubles final on Tuesday after defeating American young guns Mackenzie McDonald and Tommy Paul in three sets. Behar and Escobar got off to a fast start taking the opening set 6-1, only for Paul and McDonald to bounce back and take the second 7-5. However, the Americans ran out of steam in the match tiebreak, with Escobar and Behar completing a 6-1 5-7, 10-1 victory in little over an hour-and-a-half.
This is Behar and Escobar’s first trip to Delray Beach and the pair of 31-year-olds came out of the blocks running, knocking out the No. 1 seeds, Marcelo Arevalo and Jean-Julien Rojer, in their opening match 7-5 7-6(3).
As a team they have won eight ATP Challenger Tour titles and in 2020 reached the final of three straight Challengers to close the season, winning the title in their finale in Istanbul. All things considered, a win in Delray would be the veteran’s biggest achievement to date.
The doubles final will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Stadium court.