Kontinen/Peers Advance To Shanghai Final
Pairing will put undefeated finals streak on the line
The Finnish/Australian duo claimed 81 per cent of their first-serve points and saved four of five break points to dismiss Croatians Marin Cilic and Mate Pavic 6-3, 6-4 in 69 minutes. Kontinen/Peers will play for their fourth title of the season on Sunday in Shanghai.
“It was really good for us to put in the performance we did today. It is showing that we can beat the best teams out there when we play well,” Peers said. “Hopefully we can put in another performance like that tomorrow.”
The team has gone undefeated in finals this season, hoisting trophies in Brisbane, Munich and Hamburg so far this year. They will face Americans John Isner and Jack Sock in the final. Sock/Isner beat second seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 6-2, 7-6(2).
Saturday's first doubles semi-final looked as if it were headed to a second-set tie-break. The powerful Cilic was serving at 4-all in the second set. But Kontinen/Peers earned a 0/40 lead on his serve and broke at 30/40 when Peers slapped a return to Cilic's feet that the 6'6" Cilic couldn't handle.
Kontinen/Peers also bolstered their place in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London with the win. The team remains in seventh place, but they add 240 points to their total, giving them 3,310 points, 245 ahead of eighth-placed Treat Huey and Max Mirnyi.
Kontinen/Peers have never qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, to be held 13-20 Nov. at The O2 in London. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season will qualify for the prestigious season finale. Peers qualified last year alongside Jamie Murray, but Kontinen is looking to make his London debut.