Mayer/Sousa Move Into Australian Open Semi-finals
Three other quarter-finals to be played on Wednesday
Mayer and Sousa, contesting their 13th tour-level tournament together (19-12 match record), broke Venus in the opening game and at 4-4 in the first set. There were no breaks of serve in the second set, but a double fault from Klaasen at 6/6 in the tie-break cost last year’s Wimbledon finalists.
“Playing in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam here with Leo is a great pleasure,” said Sousa, during an on-court interview. “The support of the crowd was very important. We played a great match.”
In the bottom half of the draw, fourth seeds and six-time former champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan challenge fifth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. Seventh seeds Lukasz Kubot and Horacio Zeballos take on Ryan Harrison and Sam Querrey.