The unseeded pairing got off to a superb start, as Siegemund in particular moved all around the court to put away shot after shot. After breaking twice, Siegemund/Zvonareva built up a 5-1 lead before securing the first set 6-4.
Granada ended last season with a 4-0 win at home to Athletic Club to qualify for Europe for the first time in the club's history and fate has decided that the same two sides will meet again in the Los Carmines Stadium to open the new campaign. The kick-off was changed from Friday to Saturday late on Wednesday night, which should allow another 24 hours for players such as Inigo Martinez, Yuri Berchiche and Inaki Williams more time to reach match fitness after picking up injuries and Covid-19 in pre-season. However, Athletic will no doubt be worried by the naming of Mateu Lahoz as matchday referee. Lahoz has refereed Athletic 34 times in La Liga and the Basque side have won just six of those matches, drawn seven and lost 21- numbers hard to explain for a side that is usually in the top half of the table. Enditem
"It means a lot. That's what we practice for. That's what we were trying to do in these five months off, working for this moment," Soares said.
With the two Mercedes once again the class of the field and pulling away from the rest, much of the interest in the race took place further down the order, as Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was unable to hold onto his third place and was soon passed by several rivals - an embarrassing state of affairs for the storied Italian squad on their 1000th Grand Prix start.
The third seeds were forced into a final-set tiebreak, where they saved a match point, before overcoming Muhammad and Townsend in a tremendous tussle 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7) and booked their ticket to the final.
"We have extraordinary challenges ahead of us this season, and it will be a pleasure and an honour to face them alongside my new teammates, who are among the best players in the world," he added.
Thursday's stage 12 will travel 218 kilometers from Chauvigny to Sarran in central France, with four categorized climbs awaiting the riders. Enidtem
Both sides struggled to avoid relegation last season and neither look stronger after a summer in which Eibar have lost players such as Fabian Orellana, De Blasis and Gorka Escalante while Rafinha, Jeison Murillo, Fiodor Smolov and Pione Sisto have all left Celta.
Mikel Arteta has now had time to put his mark on the Arsenal side he inherited from Unai Emery and winning the FA Cup and the Community shield have given the club a positive air, as have the signings of Willian from Chelsea, central defender Gabriel from Lille and the return of Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid.
In the men's doubles final, Brazilian Bruno Soares and Mate Pavic of Croatia defeated eighth seeds Nikola Mektic from Croatia and Dutch player Wesley Koolhof 7-5, 6-3 to take the title.
Florenzi started his football career in Roma's youth teams and turned pro in 2011. He spent almost all his career at the Serie A side where he scored 28 goals and provided 32 assists in 280 appearances.