Marcus Daniell reaches third Grand Slam doubles quarter final at Australian Open

Sunday, 14 February 2021

New Zealand’s Marcus Daniell and his Austrian partner Philipp Oswald have cruised into the quarter finals at the Australian tennis Open in Melbourne and they could face Kiwi Michael Venus and his Aussie partner John Peers probably on Tuesday.

Daniell and Oswald have beaten American’s Frances Tiafoe and Nick Monroe 6-3 7-5 in 1 hour 27. Oswald served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but was broken on the second break point when Daniell missed a backhand volley. Oswald and Daniell had served flawlessly up to that point. However, they quickly made amends breaking Monroe’s serve in the next game leaving Daniell to close out the match.

New Zealand number one Michael Venus and his Australian partner John Peers the 10th seeds take on 5th seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury on Monday for a place in the quarter finals against Daniell and Oswald.

Daniell and Oswald who spent 14 days in hard quarantine in Melbourne ahead of the tournament have got better with every match. They dominated on serve and converted three of their nine break point chances in the match. Their dominance was reflected in the total points won in the match, 77 to 61.

It’s Daniell’s third Grand Slam quarter final after reaching the last eight in Melbourne in 2018 and at Wimbledon in 2019.

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