The ÖTV youngster beats the world’s top two seeds in the semi-finals.
Superb performance from Joel Schwarzler: The 17-year-old sensationally reached the boys’ doubles final at the US Open in New York. Vorarlberger did not allow the top seeds to stop him in the semi-finals on Saturday evening (CEST) with Italian Federico Bondioli. With 6:7 (4), 6:3 and 10:6 in the tie-break against Jaroslav Demin (RUS) and Rodrigo Pacheco Mendes (MEX), the two were unable to eliminate anyone other than the first and second seeds in the World Youth Rankings. As the semi-final cannot be held on Friday due to weather conditions, the final will be played on the same evening. Bondioli/Schwarzler will meet Max Dahlin (Sweden) and Oliver Uyakkar (Estonia) no later than 9pm (CEST).
Bondioli/Schwarzler have already won the ITF J300 preparation event in Repentigny (Canada) last week. They have now continued their successful run at Flushing Meadows. Schwarzler, who is training as an ÖTV contract player at the Performance Center in Sudstadt under the supervision of ÖTV sporting director and Davis Cup captain Jürgen Melzer and is being looked after by Philipp Gil at the US Open, has a great chance of winning his first major junior title. cup. Der Harder is the first Austrian to reach a junior Grand Slam doubles final since Lukas Midler at the French Open in Paris 2014 and could become the fourth defending domestic champion. Before him, only Melzer had won once at the Australian Open in 1999, Nicolas Moser at the US Open in 2008, and more recently Midler at the Australian Open in 2014, also with foreign partners.
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