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The 2023 Australian Open Men’s Doubles event has delivered some exciting matches so far, from major upsets to very one-sided contests. We’ve been through the first four rounds of this event, and 60 of 64 teams have been eliminated from this competition. As we head into the semifinals, it’ll be interesting to see which teams will reign supreme on Thursday.
Predictions for 2023 Australian Open Men’s Doubles Semi Finals
Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata to Win at Least One Set
To be fair, we have an experienced team going up against an inexperienced side. On one hand, we have a Granollers/Zeballos pairing; these two have made it to two doubles grand slam finals, and have reached the semi-final of all grand slams. In contrast, Kubler/Hijikata had never been past the first round of any grand slam prior to this event. However, we’ve been really impressed with the Australian pair so far, as they knocked out the top seeded team in their previous match. Considering they’ll have the backing of the crowd, we believe there’s a lot of value in backing them to take at least one set from this match.
Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin to Win
These teams have looked really good so far, but we’ve been more impressed with the Chardy and Martin team. On one hand, Nys and Zielinski’s matches have been really close; they’ve played four matches in this tournament, and three of them ended in three sets. In contrast, Chardy and Martin’s matches have been more one-sided, as they won three of four matches in straight sets. This will likely be a tightly-contested fixture, and we believe the French pair will come out on top.
Overview of Australian Open Men’s Doubles Semi Finalists
Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin
The doubles pairing of Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin has been around for a while; they played together at this event last year, losing their first round match in straight sets. Chardy/Martin have beaten their fair share of tough opponents en route to the semi-final, including the third seeded pairing of Marcelo Arévalo and Jean-Julien Rojer. Interestingly, these two have been a force to be reckoned with, surrendering just one set across four matches in this competition. That said, the French pair will have to go through Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski if they intend to reach the final of the 2023 Australian Open.
Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski
Another unseeded pair, Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski have been responsible for the elimination of two seeded teams so far. They took on the 13th seeded pairing of Rafael Matos and David Vega Hernández in the first round, defeating them in three sets. It’s worth noting that Nys/Zielinski’s most impressive win came in the third round, where they knocked out the second seeded team of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury. To be fair, Nys and Zielinski’s matches have not been one-sided; as all but one of their matches ended in maximum sets. They’ll take on the pair of Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin in the semifinals.
Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos
The only seeded team left in this tournament, Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos have been around for a few years, and they’ve had their fair share of success in doubles tournaments. It’s important to point out that this pair reached the semifinal of this event last year, losing out to eventual champions Kokkinakis and Kyrgios in straight sets. Together, these two have reached at least the semifinals of all four doubles grand slams, with two final berths. Clearly, the Granollers/Zeballos pair are the current favourites to win this tournament.
As for their performance in this competition, Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos have looked really good; they knocked out the 13th seeded pairing of Andreas Mies and John Peers in the quarterfinals, and only surrendered two sets on their way to the semifinals. On that note, these two will face the Australian team of Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata; and they’ll fancy their chances against this unseeded pair.
Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata
Finally, we have the unseeded pair of Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata. Being an Australian pair, these two made it to this tournament as a wildcard. Interestingly, these players haven’t played together for very long. As a matter of fact, they only became a team for the first time in this competition. Despite playing together for just over a week, these players have some great chemistry together.
It’s important to point out that Kubler/Hijikata took on the top seeded team of Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski in the quarter-final. Despite being the overwhelming underdog, they managed to win in straight sets. Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata will take on the Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in the semifinals, it’ll be interesting to see how they’ll fare against the eighth seeded team.
Australian Open Men’s Doubles: the Journey So Far
First of all, we would like to point out that the previous men’s doubles title was won by an Australian pair last year, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis. These two were the seventh seeded team heading into this year’s event. However, Nick Kyrgios suffered a knee injury, forcing the pair to withdraw.
Also, while there are 64 teams in this event, only 16 of them are seeded. Interestingly, like the singles section of the 2023 Australian Open, this has not been a good tournament for the top seeds. Three of the four teams that will participate in this year’s semifinals were unseeded; in fact, only four of 16 seeded teams made it past the third round of this event
FAQs about the Australian Open Men’s Doubles Semifinals
- When will the Australian Open men’s doubles semifinals be played? Both semi-final matches will be played on Thursday, 26th January
- On which surface will the Australian Open men’s doubles semi finals take place? These matches will be played on outdoor hard court
- Is it possible to watch AO 2023 men’s doubles in the UK? Of course. All Australian Open matches will be broadcast live on Eurosport, you can also live stream this match on Discovery +.