Read & Watch: Klaasen/Venus Reach Final; Kontinen/Peers Save 1 MP
After surging into Nitto ATP Finals contention with strong results on grass, Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus continued their strong form on Saturday, beating top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-3 to reach the Rogers Cup final.
The unseeded pairing, which lifted its maiden team trophy at the Open 13 Provence in February, won 89 per cent of first-serve points to defeat the ATP Doubles Race to London leaders after one hour and 36 minutes. Marach and Pavic, who are the only team to confirm their place at the Nitto ATP Finals, were bidding to reach their ninth tour-level final of the season.
Klaasen and Venus reached two tour-level finals during the grass-court season, falling to Dominic Inglot and Franko Skugor at the Libema Open and Mike Bryan and Jack Sock at Wimbledon. The Marseille titlists, who currently occupy sixth position in the Race to London, are projected to rise to at least fifth on 13 August.
Klaasen and Venus will meet reigning Nitto ATP Finals champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers in Sunday's final. The Finnish-Aussie duo won a semi-final thriller over Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya 7-6(2), 4-6, 12-10, saving a match point to advance to the championship. They prevailed after one hour and 40 minutes, denying five of seven break points faced.
Kontinen and Peers will take great confidence into the final, having won nine straight title matches together. They are bidding to lift their third ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy as a team, following triumphs in Paris in 2016 and Shanghai last year.
While the tandem entered the week at No. 13 in the ATP Doubles Race To London, the reigning champions are pressing towards the coveted Top 8 spots. This year, they own titles at the 250-level in Brisbane and 500-level at Queen's Club, and will look to complete the ATP World Tour set with a Masters 1000 trophy.