Playing in their 29th Grand Slam tournament together, Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski finally reached their first major final. The No. 6 seeds dismissed fifth-seeded Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-2, 7-6(4) in the semifinals of the US Open on Friday.
In a confident performance, Fyrstenberg and Matkowski converted a break of serve to start the match after Bopanna double faulted, and took the first four games before “The Indo-Pak Express” managed to get on the scoreboard. But the Polish pair was firing on all cylinders, eliminating any chance of a comeback. They hit 10 winners to just three unforced errors, won 78 percent of their second serve return points, and did not face a break point, claiming the first set in 26 minutes.
Bopanna and Qureshi were again pressured on serve throughout the second set but saved all five break points against their serves, and the set was eventually settled by a tiebreaker. The Poles remained steady, quickly opening a 3-0 lead to start the breaker. And while Qureshi and Bopanna won the rest of their service points, they were never able to make an impact with their returns. Fyrstenberg and Matkowski clinched their first Grand Slam final berth after Matkowski smashed an overhead winner on match point. The sixth seeds finished with 34 winners to just 10 unforced errors. Bopanna-Qureshi were aiming to advance to the final for the second year in a row after finishing runner-up to Bob and Mike Bryan in last year's final.
One of the most established doubles teams on tour, Fyrstenberg and Matkowski had previously progressed to just one major semifinal in their first 28 Grand Slam events together (2006 Australian Open), and came to Flushing Meadows with a 9-19 season record. Peaking at the right time, the two will look to win the biggest tournament of their careers when they square off against No. 9 seeds Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner in Saturday’s championship.
- Fyrstenberg-Matkowski advanced to their first major final.
- The Poles did not face a break point during the match.
- Fyrstenberg-Matkowski hit 34 winners to 10 unforced errors.
- Bopanna-Qureshi were looking to reach the final for the second straight year.
| Mariusz Fyrstenberg POL (6)|
Marcin Matkowski POL (6)
| Rohan Bopanna IND (5)|
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi PAK (5)