Daniell and Oswald beat world's top rankled team to reach final in Doha

Thursday, 11 March 2021

New Zealand doubles player Marcus Daniell and his Austrian partner Philipp Oswald have continued their superb run of form by beating the world’s top ranked pair to reach the final of the ATP 250 tournament in Doha.

They have beaten the top seeded Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour and 13. It was a brilliant performance with the Kiwis and Austrian converting their two break point chances and saving all five against their serve.

“It was a solid match from us. We didn't let up and took a few half chances.” Daniell said. “Their only real chance came in the first game of the match and after that we outplayed them. It's nice to know that we can best the top teams in the world consistently.”

Daniell and Oswald had knocked over the Australian Open champions Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek in the first round. They reached the quarter finals in Melbourne in their best Grand Slam result as a team since joining forces in late 2019.

They will face a couple of Russian singles specialists in the final, world number 8 Andrey Rublev and Aslan Karatsev, the qualifier who made an incredible run to the Australian Open semi finals and who is now ranked 35 in the world in singles.

“They're going to be difficult. They hit the ball ridiculously hard and are both in insane form. We're going to have to try to play smart enough doubles that it neutralises their big hitting.”

Daniell will be chasing his sixth ATP doubles title and second with Oswald after they won on clay in Sardinia last year.

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