Australia's Luke Saville, 26, drew positives from his and good friend Max Purcell's doubles campaign at the Australian Open after the two failed to win it all at Melbourne Park. Saville and Purcell, who were awarded a wildcard into the doubles event, put up a sensational run to make their first Grand Slam final in front their home fans in Melbourne.
Unfortunately for the Australian pair, they fell just short of becoming the first Australian duo to win it all at Melbourne Park since 1997 as Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury won the final 6-4 6-2. "It's been great fun to share the court with a really good mate,” Saville said, per the Australian Open website.
“And to win five matches at a Grand Slam, it's amazing. It wasn't the result we wanted today. We played well first round, to knock off the eighth seeds in the second round in an epic was amazing. “Probably the semi [was a highlight], to come from a set down against the fourth seeds, and even our third round, on Show Court 3, on Australia Day, was a joke."
Prior to the Australian Open, Saville and Purcell won the Canberra Challenger. They are now hoping to build on their strong start to the season and enjoy a big year. "Just the whole week. We even played pretty well in the singles.
Maxie qualified, which was huge for him as well. I lost second round in a heartbreaker which was tough. But we can really build on this Aussie Open, honestly, it's been a roller coaster, it's been long few weeks for us, we're gonna take a few days to digest the result. It really sets up our year, honest," Saville added.