Indian Wells: John Peers, Filip Polasek beat Russian star duo for doubles crown

Peers and Polasek capture their maiden team title in Indian Wells.

by Dzevad Mesic
Indian Wells: John Peers, Filip Polasek beat Russian star duo for doubles crown

Australia's John Peers and Filip Polasek have captured the Indian Wells Masters doubles title. Peers and Polasek delivered a good performance in the Indian Wells final as they saw off Russia's Aslan Karatsev and Andrey Rublev 6-3 7-6 (5).

Peers and Polasek claimed the first break of the match in the second game and held on to their serve the rest of the set to win the opener. Karatsev and Rublev three times recovered from a break down in the second set to force a tie-break -- in which they took a 5-3 lead -- before losing the following four points and the match.

Peers and Polasek, who debuted as a team in August, now have their first team title.

Peers, Polasek thrilled with Indian Wells victory

“It’s always great fun getting back to the desert and playing here,” Peers said.

“To be able to say we have won the title here is very special. We started pretty slow as a team but we put in some good work pre-US Open. “It’s been a lot of fun since and we’ve continued to work and enjoy playing together.

We’re riding the doubles rollercoaster and will try to get results like this more often. We’re looking forward to continuing together." Polasek added: ”I’m really happy the way we played. We came here early, which helped us to adapt to the conditions.

It was very different to play in the day than in the night sessions, which we played in our last matches, and we were probably able to adapt the best of all teams”. On Sunday, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Cameron Norrie will meet in the Indian Wells Masters singles final.

“It means a lot [to make my first Masters 1000 final] especially at Indian Wells, which people call it like a fifth Grand Slam… to get through so many matches is very important,” Basilashvili said. “I’m at the top of my game now and feeling the best."

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