He played two even matches in a few hours.
He succeeded in the first major with Ivan Dodig and is in the men’s doubles semifinals at the Australian Open. He finished in the mix with the Czech Lucia Hradecká.
Slovak deblist Filip Polášek (35) is on the threshold of great success after the victory over the Australian couple Ebden – Smith.
Was it the hardest match in the tournament so far?
Definitely. And not just the result. The opponents played really well – their first serve was 84 percent, which is unprecedented in world tennis. Nevertheless, we won, which I also consider a piece of hussarism. I’m looking forward to the next semifinal.
In less than two hours, you also started the mix. Can such two duels be played at the highest tempo?
Too bad we didn’t make it to a successful end. I made a few simple mistakes. Unfortunately, this happens in sports. You can handle two matches in quick succession – after all, I feel fit. The bigger problem is with concentration, being under stress for five hours is not easy. There were several challenging endings in both matches, perhaps I would need at least one simpler set in the mix.
In the semifinals, the tournament pairs Pavič – Mektič are waiting for you, with whom you recently lost in Antalya. Can you still surprise each other?
I doubt it. I will be on the court at the same time with three Croats at the same time and they have completed so many trainings together and played so many matches against each other that I guess it can’t even be counted.
What is used to deciding these duels?
For example, who decides the right thing at the most important moment and proves strong nerves. Pavič and Mektič have not lost this year yet, they are playing well, but we have a chance. The semifinals are about trivia. We already know what it’s like to be among the top four couples. We will not be scared and we will go into the match to the fullest.
A trio of compatriots will meet on the court. Won’t it be even more about head and emotion guard this time?
I do not think so. In addition, Ivan and I form a team that likes emotions – we keep talking and shouting at each other. Nothing changes for us. Opponents know us, we know them, it will only be about who will perform something unexpected.
Do you believe the proverb that all the best to the third?
(Laughter) I’m not much for a proverb. I’m more of a pragmatist, I believe that you only have what you win. Nothing will fall from the sky. Not even at the Australian Open. When I know we’ve done everything for success, I’ll be fine.
How do you spend your free day before the semifinals?
Midnight is approaching and I still have a lot of work to do. I’m having dinner right now and I’m getting a massage. It’s hard to get to bed before the second one. So the goal is clear: to get the best sleep. Then I see it for a very easy training. Since Dodig didn’t play the mix, everyone did it separately. I’m going to knock with Ivan’s brother for half an hour.
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