No. 9 seeds Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek delivered a big performance in the Australian Open final to beat Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-3 6-4 and prevent the fifth-seeded duo from winning back-to-back men's doubles titles at Melbourne Park.
Dodig and Polasek failed to convert a total of six break points in the sixth game of the first set but claimed their first break of the match in the eighth game, before serving out for the opener a game later. In the second set, Dodig and Polasek broke Ram and Salisbury in the seventh game before realizing their third match point in the 10th game.
"Since we started to play one-and-a-half years ago, we are really enjoying and playing good tennis,” Dodig said, per the ATP website. “We are having a lot of fun and hopefully it is going to continue."
Polasek gave credit to Dodig
"Usually, I am the one who is more up and down. Ivan is always the consistent member of the team... He gets me through the moments when I am not hitting great. But today I picked it up (returning) from the beginning.
I was just trying to keep going as long as possible," Polasek said. A day earlier, Ram won the Australian Open mixed doubles title with Barbora Krejcikova. “[From start to finish], I thought [Polasek] played really well,” said Ram.
“We tried different things. I'm proud of the way we competed. [I] felt like maybe we had half a look in the second set. [They were] just a bit too good for us today”. Ram and Salisbury won their maiden Grand Slam team title at Melbourne Park last year.
"We tried to change things up. We started serving a bit more into [Polasek’s] body, trying to change up the pace a bit [and]... where we were moving at the net. At the end of the day, we just needed to serve better. I don't think either of us were serving our best," Salisbury added.