John Peers advances to US Open men’s doubles semifinals
Australian John Peers has made his third US Open men's doubles semifinal - and first since 2017.
John Peers is enjoying his best US Open run in four years, progressing through to the men’s doubles semifinals.
The 33-year-old Australian and Slovak Filip Polasek only needed 58 minutes to book their semifinal spot today, scoring a comprehensive 6-2 6-3 win against five-time major champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.
The No.8-seeded Peers and Polasek hit 10 aces and did not face a break point throughout their match. They hit 30 winners and finished with only five unforced errors to dominate their No.3-seeded opponents.
This is world No.25 Peers’ best Grand Slam result since reaching the Australian Open final in 2019 and his best performance in New York since 2017.
There have been 31 Australians reach a US Open men’s doubles semifinal in the Open era. Peers joins elite company however, becoming only the 10th to make three.
|US Open men’s doubles – Australian semifinalists in Open era|
|Ken Rosewall||1969, 1970, 1973|
|Fred Stolle||1969, 1970, 1979, 1981|
|Roy Emerson||1969, 1970, 1979|
|Rod Laver||1969, 1970, 1973|
|John Newcombe||1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1981|
|Owen Davidson||1972, 1973|
|Syd Ball||1974, 1977|
|Peter McNamara||1980, 1981|
|John Fitzgerald||1983, 1984, 1989, 1991|
|Mark Woodforde||1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996|
|Todd Woodbridge||1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003|
|Sandon Stolle||1995, 1998, 2001|
|Paul Hanley||2006, 2007|
|John Peers||2015, 2017, 2021|
Note: Bold = Title-winning runs
Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden almost joined Peers in the semifinals, but lost a heart-breaking quarterfinal to fourth seeds American Rajeev Ram and Brit Joe Salisbury today.
The Australian Open 2020 champions prevailed 7-6(7) 6-7(6) 7-6(10) in a two-hour and 58-minute battle that featured no breaks of serve.
Purcell and Ebden had four match points in the third-set tiebreak, which would have propelled them into their first US Open semifinal.
In the semifinals, Peers and Polasek will play Brit Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares. The seventh seeds were the US Open champions in 2016.
Earlier today, Sam Stosur and China’s Zhang Shuai advanced to the semifinals in the women’s doubles competition.
Aussies in action – US Open
Men’s doubles, quarterfinals
 John Peers (AUS)/Filip Polasek (SVK) d  Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)/Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-2 6-3
 Rajeev Ram (USA)/Joe Salisbury (GBR) d Max Purcell (AUS)/Matthew Ebden (AUS) 7-6(7) 6-7(6) 7-6(10)
Women’s doubles, quarterfinals
 Sam Stosur (AUS)/Zhang Shuai (CHN) d  Storm Sanders (AUS)/Caroline Dolehide (USA) 6-2 6-3
Women’s doubles, semifinals
 Sam Stosur (AUS)/Zhang Shuai (CHN) v TBC
Men’s doubles, semifinals
 John Peers (AUS)/Filip Polasek (SVK) v  Jamie Murray (GBR)/Bruno Soares (BRA)