Dutchman Wesley Koolhof and Britain’s Neal Skupski reached their second TNZT final in as many weeks by beating second seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 6-1 on Friday in the semifinals of the Adelaide International 2.
No. 3 seeds Koolhof and Skupski triumphed at the Summer Set tournament in Melbourne last week (d. Nedovyesov/Qureshi), but their opponents also entered the match in good shape. Second-seeded Croatian-Brazilian duo Dodig and Melo reached the final in Adelaide last week (left against Bopanna/Ramanathan), but they were unable to replicate that performance this week at the same venue .
Koolhof and Skupski will meet Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar in the final. The Uruguayan-Ecuadorian duo both ended 2021 with career doubles ATP rankings, and the sixth seeds also started 2022 with flying colors. They beat eighth seeds Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-6 in the second semifinal.
Bolelli/Fognini recreate 10 best days to reach Sydney final
Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini, the 2015 Australian Open champions, reached the final of the Sydney Tennis Classic on Friday, beating sixth-seeded Germans Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 6-4, 6- 2.
All four players have been in the World Top 10 in doubles, but the constant pressure that Bolelli and Fognini have been able to exert on their opponents’ serves has been key. The Italians converted four of 10 break points on their way to victory.
In the other semi-final, Australian John Peers and Slovak Filip Polasek beat all-Australian duo Alexei Popyrin and Matt Reid 7-6(2), 6-3.
Peers and Polasek, seeded third, saved the only break point in the first set before winning the tie-break. However, they had too much for the unseeded Australian pair in the second set, and Peers and Polasek can now count on the support of the home crowd when they take on Bolelli and Fognini on Saturday.