Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek on Tuesday completed a series of Aussie wild cards by Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the second consecutive semifinals of the Australian Open.
Dodig and Polasek achieved 26 winners and scored 78 percent of the points for the first serve (40/51) on the road to victory. The ninth seed entered the quarterfinals without dropping a set, but it took them an hour and 50 minutes to beat Ebden and Smith on field 3.
Dodig and Polasek, who are up to their third Grand Slam semifinals as a team (0-2), hold a 9-2 record this year. The Croatian-Slovak duo intends to reach their second final in 2021, after finishing second at the Antalya Open in January (l. Do Mektić / Pavić).
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The finalists of Antalya will have the opportunity to take revenge for the defeat in the championship on the southern Turkish coast. In the semifinals, they will face the champions of Antalya, Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic. Mektic and Pavic survived the final match-tie-break to defeat 2019 champion Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3).
Mektic and Pavic scored 43 winners, including 10 aces, to extend their undefeated team record to 12-0 after two hours and 24 minutes. The other holders, who started a partnership in Antalya last month, are chasing their third title of the year. Mektic and Pavic picked up their second trophy of the season at the Murray River Open.