Two Aussie battlers are into the Australian Open doubles final.
28-year-old Luke Saville and 21-year-old Max Purcell defeated Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez and Great Britain’s Ken Skupski 6-2, 6-4.
The Australian’s did not face a break point and converted 3 of 7 to claim the victory.
The Australian pairing spend most of their time battling it out on the ATP Challenger tour and received a wildcard to play at the Australian Open.
They did go into the tournament with some form on the board after having claimed the Apis Canberra International doubles title which was played in Bendigo due to the smoke haze that had blanketed Canberra in early January.
In 2019 Saville and Purcell also won ATP Challenger titles in Traralgon, Binghamton, Seoul, Anning, Zhangjiagang, Launceston and Playford. This has built their rankings to no. 82 for Saville and no. 88 for Purcell.
They definitely are a top team at the Challenger level. They have however grabbed with both hands their opportunity at the Grand Slam level to reach the semifinals.
The pairing had played two previous Australian Opens and the 2019 Wimbledon tournament getting one win at the 2018 Australian Open. Saville has lost five times in the first round at the Australian Open with other partners.
Next they will face the no. 4 seeds Ivan Dodig from Croatia and Filip Polasek from Slovakia. Dodig and Polasek reached the 2019 Wimbledon semifinals.
This is clearly a huge moment in the careers of the Australians and for that matter all of the players competing in the semifinals.
Rajeev Ram from the USA is the most experienced player to compete in the semis and his best effort was reaching the US Open semifinals in 2014 with Scott Lipsky.