Ivan Dodig, Filip Polasek win Australian Open men’s doubles title


Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek gained their first Grand Slam title collectively on Sunday, taking down defending Australian Open men’s doubles champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-3 6-4 within the remaining.

It was the primary Grand Slam triumph for Polasek, 35, who got here out of retirement in 2018, whereas Croatia’s Dodig gained his second men’s doubles title after profitable the 2015 French Open with Marcelo Melo.

Polasek grew to become solely the second Slovakian participant to win a Grand Slam after Daniela Hantuchova and devoted the title to his new child daughter.

“Since we started to play one and a half years ago, we are really enjoying and playing good tennis,” Dodig mentioned in the course of the trophy ceremony. “We are having a lot of fun and hopefully it is going to continue.”

The duo dominated the ultimate at Rod Laver Arena, breaking their opponents’ serve as soon as in every set in the course of the 88-minute contest.

Such was their domination that they created 15 breakpoint alternatives within the match whereas not permitting Ram and Salisbury a single take a look at their very own serve.

The defeat denied Ram, 36, a double at Melbourne Park this yr after he paired with Barbora Krejcikova to win the blended doubles title on Saturday.

“Filip, I know it’s your first Grand Slam,” Ram mentioned. “That was way too good. Not sure what we could have done any different, so you guys played awesome.”




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