31.03.2021 - 02:15 Uhr
Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek got off to a hot start to their 2021 season, and it's only getting better in Miami.The fourth seeds eliminated Oliver Marach and Luke Saville 7-6(4), 6-4 after one hour and 48 minutes on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals of the Miami Open presented by Itau. The Croatian-Slovakian duo will play Marcelo Arevalo and Horia Tecau or Daniel Evans and Neal Skupski for a spot in the championship match at this ATP Masters 1000 event.[WATCH LIVE 1]Dodig and Polasek competed well under pressure against Marach and Saville, saving five of the six break points they faced while converting two of their nine opportunities. The winners claimed 43 per cent of their first-serve return points en route to their victory.The duo, which got together in 2019, won this year's Australian Open and made the Dubai semi-finals. Their first big breakthrough as a team came two years ago, when Dodig and Polasek triumphed at the Western & Southern Open. They have claimed three tour-level trophies together and qualified for the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals.



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Saville, Luke

01.11.2020 - 12:11 Uhr

Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen captured their first title of the season at the Astana Open on Sunday with a 7-5, 6-3 victory against Max Purcell and Luke Saville.The top seeds landed 11 aces and saved both break points they faced to claim the trophy after 78 minutes. Gille and Vliegen, who were appearing in their first final in 13 months, improved to 15-14 this season.The Belgians did not drop a set en route to the trophy. Prior to their final triumph, Gille and Vliegen also earned straight-sets wins against Mackenzie McDonald and Tommy Paul in the first round and Marcelo Arevalo and Tomislav Brkic in the semi-finals.[WATCH LIVE 2]Gille and Vliegen improved to 4-1 in tour-level championship matches. The pair reached its first four ATP Tour finals last year and won titles in Båstad, Gstaad and Zhuhai.Purcell and Saville were attempting to lift their first ATP Tour trophy as a team. The Australians reached their first tour-level final as a pair at the Australian Open in February (l. to Ram/Salisbury). Purcell and Saville are bidding to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals — to be held at The O2 in London from 15-22 November — for the first time.Gille and Vliegen earn 250 FedEx ATP Doubles Ranking points and share $6,080 in prize money. Purcell and Saville earn 150 points and split $5,040.

31.10.2020 - 12:12 Uhr

Nitto ATP Finals contenders Max Purcell and Luke Saville rallied from a set down to reach their second final of the year at the Astana Open in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.The Aussies overcame Ben McLachlan and Franko Skugor 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 to advance in 75 minutes. Purcell and Saville dropped just three points behind their first serves in the second set (16/19) and returned with skill in the Match Tie-break to improve to 13-9 at tour-level this season.[WATCH LIVE 1]The Australian Open finalists are bidding to clinch one of the remaining four qualification spots for the Nitto ATP Finals, which will be held at The O2 in London from 15-22 November. Purcell and Saville started the week in ninth position in the FedEx ATP Battle For London.The second seeds will face Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen for the trophy. The top seeds reached their first championship match of 2020 with a 7-6(4), 7-6(3) victory against Marcelo Arevalo and Tomislav Brkic.

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