The Austrian Davis Cup doubles Alexander Erler/Lucas Miedler celebrated their greatest success to date by reaching the final of the Vienna ATP 500 tennis tournament on Friday. The wildcard duo defeated the unseeded Belgians Sander Gille/Joran Vliegen 7:6(4),7:6(5) in the semi-finals. The title battle is on Sunday (11:45 a.m.) in the Stadthalle. The opponents will be determined on Saturday (from 2 p.m.) in the third match. Philipp Oswald was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Erler/Miedler took advantage of the moment as all four seeded duos were eliminated in the first round. Nevertheless, the two celebrated very valuable victories in the first two rounds, namely against Karen Chatschanow/Andrei Rublev (RUS) and Hubert Hurkacz/Marcelo Melo (POL/BRA). The local heroes thus have their best double rankings so far. In the event of a defeat in the final, Erler as Austria’s new number one in doubles will probably appear in position 57, Miedler in 63. In the event of a triumph in the final, it could go up to position 50 or 55. Will this be the fifth title this year? As in your first Erler from Tyrol, 25 since Thursday, and Miedler from Lower Austria, 26, and Miedler from Lower Austria played both games on the court at Heumarkt, in a good mood and well-filled ranks. The appearance in the final on Center Court is undoubtedly a reward for the services provided. “We also wanted to play in the Stadthalle,” the two said in an on-court interview. The two have won four Challenger titles this year and reached further finals, last year they won the ATP title in Kitzbühel. Now they have the chance of the Austria doubles, like Dominic Thiem did in the same year (2019) in singles has achieved. Oswald had also aimed for the home title with the Dutchman Robin Haase, so after a 7:5,3:6,10:12 defeat against the Argentinians Francisco Cerundolo/Maximo Gonzalez, he was “insanely disappointed. The opportunity was historic. All top teams were eliminated in the first round, the field was wide open. It’s super bitter.” The Vorarlberger will play a challenger in Bergamo next week this year. Argentinian tennis It’s unclear how things will continue for the 36-year-old Olympic participant in Tokyo next year. Haase is lost as a partner and will play with his compatriot Matwe Middeloop in 2023. In the first half of the next year he didn’t have many points to defend, so Oswald said he wanted to continue playing. “But with whom and where I start, that’s all open. Now I’ll finish the season and then the accounts will be settled.” Erler/Miedler will definitely have to deal with Argentinian tennis in the final, because Cerndolo/Gonzalez will play their compatriot Andres Molteni and the Mexican Santiago Gonzalez in the semifinals.

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