Bryans Bid Farewell To Australian Open
Dodig/Polasek advance in straight sets
Dodig and Polasek won 95 per cent of first-serve points (35/37) to advance after 70 minutes, ending the 41-year-old Bryans’ hopes of a seventh trophy at the opening Grand Slam of the year. The Bryans lifted their sixth title in Melbourne in 2013, beating Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling in the championship match.
The six-time champions will retire following the US Open, the scene of their Grand Slam debut in 1995. The Bryans own 16 Grand Slam titles as a pair, an all-time team record in men’s doubles.
Alexander Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin moved one win away from the championship match, ending Day 8 on Rod Laver Arena with a 7-6(6), 7-5 quarter-final victory against Australian wild cards James Duckworth and Marc Polmans.
Ram and Salisbury, the No. 11 seeds, saved seven set points en route to upsetting No. 6 seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 7-6(11). Ram and Salisbury fought back from 3/6 to 6/6 in the second-set tie-break, then saved more set points at 6/7, 7/8, 8/9 and 10/11 before converting on their second match point. This is Ram’s fourth trip to the quarter-finals in Melbourne and the first for Salisbury.
Santiago Gonzalez and Ken Skupski booked their place in the quarter-finals, defeating 16th seeds Austin Krajicek and Franko Skugor 6-3, 6-4. The unseeded pairing converted two of three break points to advance after 63 minutes. Gonzalez and Skupski will face Australian wild cards Max Purcell and Luke Saville for a spot in the semi-finals.