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Second seeds Nikola Mektic (right) Mate Pavic reach the final at the Miami Open presented by Itau with a straight sets victory over Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury.

Mektic/Pavic To Meet Evans/Skupski In Miami Final

Second seeds seeking fourth title of 2021

Second seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic booked a spot in their fifth ATP Tour final of the year at the Miami Open presented by Itau with a victory over Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury on Thursday.

The Croatian pair took one step closer to a Tour-leading fourth title of the year. They hope to add an ATP Masters 1000 trophy to their 2021 haul, having already claimed victory at the Antalya Open, Murray River Open and the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam in 2021.

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Mektic and Pavic were on song in their 6-3, 7-6(5) win against Ram and Salisbury, saving both of the break points they faced across one hour and 29 minutes on Court 1.

They will take on unseeded Daniel Evans and Neal Skupski in the championship match. The all-British team claimed a hard-fought victory over Australian Open champions Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek, the fourth seeds, winning 7-6(4), 1-6, 10-8 after an hour and 42 minutes.

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The victory sends Evans into his first ATP Tour doubles final, while Skupski is looking to lift his second trophy of the year in back-to-back weeks.

Skupski partnered with brother Ken Skupski to victory at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, their first title together since 2019. But the pair had to part ways temporarily after Ken was diagnosed with a blood clot in his right leg ahead of their trip to Miami.