Dodig, Polasek win Australian Open men’s doubles title
Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek upset defending champions Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram to win the Australian Open men’s doubles title Sunday — their first as a team.
The Croat-Slovak combination, seeded nine, proved too strong for the British-American fifth seeds, outlasting them 6-3, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena.
“Amazing memories. This is our first Grand Slam as a team and we’re having a lot of fun. I hope it continues.” said Dodig.
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Their win deprived Salisbury and Ram from becoming the first pair to successfully defend their crown at Melbourne Park since Bob and Mike Bryan won three in a row from 2009-11.
It also put an end to Ram’s hopes of leaving Australia with two titles after he claimed the mixed doubles honours on Saturday alongside Barbora Krejcikova.
While a breakthrough Grand Slam for Polasek, it was Dodig’s second after he won Roland Garros in 2015 when teamed with Marcelo Melo.
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Polasek became only the second Slovak, man or woman, to win a Slam title in any discipline after four-time mixed doubles champion Daniela Hantuchova.
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