US Open Finalists Koolhof/Mektic Continuing Hot Streak In Hamburg
The unseeded pair beat reigning Roland Garros champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the Hamburg European Open. They also defeated second seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the first round, marking wins over two consecutive tandems that competed in the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals.
Koolhof and Mektic needed just 74 minutes against the home favourites, breaking serve three times to advance. In the last four they will play Croatians Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic, who eliminated qualifiers Radu Albot and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-4, 6-2. Pavic won the US Open alongside Bruno Soares.
In the top half of the draw, John Peers and Michael Venus ousted third seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-1, 6-2 in 59 minutes. They won 57 per cent of their return points against the Polish-Brazilian team.