Harrison Brothers Book Final Four In Delray Beach
The American brothers booked their place in the last four with a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Oliver Marach and Luis David Martinez 6-4, 6-2. They are now two wins away from following in the footsteps of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan and becoming the second pair of siblings to claim the Delray Beach doubles trophy. The Bryans have won this tournament six times, including back to back in 2019 and 2020. Should the Harrisons take home the title, it would be the third year in a row for an all-American sibling duo to win at Delray doubles.
The wild cards are also aiming to extend the home nation’s impressive recent record in the doubles event. Since 2009, nine of the 12 editions of the doubles tournament have been won by all-American teams.
Mackenzie McDonald and Tommy Paul are hoping to add their names to that list. The pair defeated another American duo with a 6-3, 6-1 win against Nicholas Monroe and Frances Tiafoe to advance. They will face Uruguay’s Ariel Behar and Ecuador’s Gonzalo Escobar in the semi-finals.
Andres Molteni and Hugo Nys won 86 per cent of first-serve points (30/35) to defeat Austin Krajicek and Sam Querrey 6-3, 6-4. The unseeded pair, which eliminated second seeds Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald in the first round, will meet the Harrison brothers in the semi-finals.
The second seeds trailed 7/9 in a Match Tie-break, but claimed four consecutive points to overcome Harri Heliovaara and Emil Ruusuvuori 3-6, 6-4, 11-9. Dodig and Polasek are attempting to capture their third ATP Tour crown as a team.
The Croatian-Slovakian tandem will face third seeds Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin in the semi-finals. The Frenchmen saved all seven break points they faced to beat Alexander Bublik and Andrey Golubev 6-1, 6-1.
Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic cruised past Nikoloz Basilashvili and Andre Begemann 6-0, 6-1 to reach the semi-finals in 43 minutes. Mektic and Pavic, who survived a Match Tie-break in the first round, are making their team debut in Antalya.