Puetz/Venus also advance to the last four
John Peers and Filip Polasek are still early in their partnership, but they have found great rhythm as a team, as evidenced by their 6-2, 6-3 upset of top seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic on Wednesday evening at the BNP Paribas Open.
The seventh seeds saved the three break points they faced and converted all three break points they earned to reach the Indian Wells semi-finals after 59 minutes. It was an impressive performance against the Croatians, who have lifted nine tour-level trophies together this season.
The Australian-Slovakian duo will play eighth seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo or Italians Fabio Fognini and Lorenzo Sonego for a place in the final. Dodig and Polasek won this year’s Australian Open together.
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On the other half of the draw, German Tim Puetz and New Zealand’s Michael Venus eliminated fifth seeds Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau. The unseeded duo will next challenge Indian Rohan Bopanna and Canadian Denis Shapovalov or Russians Aslan Karatsev and Andrey Rublev.
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Peers and Polasek, who first began playing together in Washington, have won 10 of their past 12 matches, including runs to the US Open semi-finals and the San Diego final.