By Daniel Perissé
Three of the top four men’s doubles teams in the 2021 season have advanced to the semifinals of the Miami Open presented by Itaú draw.
Croatian Ivan Dodig and Czech Filip Polasek, who lead the Doubles Race, defeated Oliver Marach, from Austria, and Australia’s Luke Saville 7-6(4), 6-4. Their rivals for a spot in the final will be the British duo of Daniel Evans and Neal Skupski.
Coincidentally, it was Evans and Skupski who scratched off Brazil’s Bruno Soares and British Jamie Murray, the No. 4 doubles team of the season, from the draw at Hard Rock Stadium.
The other semifinal will feature Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic against Denver, Co., native Rajeev Ram and British Joe Salisbury, respectively at number two and three of the doubles race.
Mektic and Pavic cruised past Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic and Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-2, 6-2, while Ram and Salisbury prevailed over Americans Sebastian Korda and Michael Mmoh 7-5, 6-2.
Both men’s doubles semifinals are scheduled for tomorrow, April 1st. Ram/Salisbury and Mektic/Pavic open the schedule on Court 1, followed by the clash between Evans/Skupski and Dodig/Polasek.
In the Women’s Doubles draw, Rochester, Mn., native Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Polish Iga Swiatek take on the Japanese duo of Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara.
The other finalist comes from the match between Chattanooga, Tn., native Hayley Carter and Brazilian Luisa Stefani against Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Mexican Giuliana Olmos. Both semifinals will take place on Friday, April 2nd.