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Australian Open 2021: Men’s doubles pair Ivan Dodig, Filip Polasek win first Grand Slam title together

Australian Open 2021: Ivan Dodig, Filip Polasek won their first Grand Slam title together, on Sunday (February 21), as they claimed the Men’s doubles title at Melbourne Park.

Ivan Dodig and Filip Polasek at Melbourne Park after GS win. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Slovakia’s Filip Polasek won their first Grand Slam title together
  • The 9th seed duo 6-3 6-4 win against defending champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury
  • We are having a lot of fun and hopefully it is going to continue: Dodig

Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and his Slovakian doubles partner Filip Polasek, on Sunday (February 21) won their first Grand Slam title together. The 9th seed pair won the 2021 Australian Open Men’s doubles title after a 6-3 6-4 win against defending champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury in the final.

It was the first Grand Slam victory for the 35-year-old Slovakian, who came out of retirement in 2018. Meanwhile, Croatia’s Dodig, 36, claimed his second men’s doubles title- first since winning the 2015 French Open with Marcelo Melo.

On winning the 2021 Australian Open Men’s doubles title, Slovakia’s Polasek became only the second tennis player from his country to win a Grand Slam after now-retired Daniela Hantuchova who won 4 titles in the mixed doubles arena. Polasek has dedicated the Grand Slam title to his newborn daughter.

“Since we started to play one and a half years ago, we are really enjoying and playing good tennis. We are having a lot of fun and hopefully it is going to continue,” Dodig said during the trophy ceremony.

The Dodig-Polasek pair dominated the final at Rod Laver Arena, crushing their opponents with a straight sets win in the contest that lasted 88 minutes.

Rajiv Ram, 36, won the mixed doubles title at Melbourne Park on Saturday with Barbora Krejcikova but was denied a double this year at the Australian Open after Sunday’s defeat.

“Filip, I know it’s your first Grand Slam. That was way too good. Not sure what we could have done any different, so you guys played awesome,” America’s Ram said.

(Inputs by Reuters)

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