The seventh-seeded team from Austria and Croatia used their collective experience on Thursday to book a place in the Australian Open final after overcoming Japan’s Ben Mclachlan and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(4) in two hours and 26 minutes.
Marach and Pavic battled back from a 1/3 deficit in the deciding set tie-break, putting Mclachlan and Struff under pressure to commit four groundstroke errors – two forehand and two backhand – as the seventh seeds won six of the next seven points.
Marach, 37, and 24-year-old Pavic are now 13 matches unbeaten this year. Prior to arriving in Australia, Marach and Pavic began the 2018 ATP World Tour season with back-to-back trophies at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open (d. Murray/Soares) and the ASB Classic (d. Mirnyi/Oswald).
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Marach’s previous-best result at Melbourne Park was a run to the 2009 semi-finals with Kubot, when the pair lost to Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles. Pavic had only once won a match in four visits – on his 2014 debut (w/Draganja).